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Travels Around NSW

Greetings from Canberra! I am currently in the Australian Capital, a few hours southwest of Sydney. Canberra is part of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), kind of like Washington DC. There are sprawling lawns, lots of trees and more monuments than one can ever see in a day, which is about how long I will have been here. I will tell you this, the most interesting thing I have learned so far is no Senate meeting can start without "The Usher of the Black Rod" coming into the room with his large dark rod and proclaim the meeting started. I might also mention here that ACT has very liberal laws, making it the porn distribution capital of Australia.

A few days ago, Ronit and I drove up to the Blue Mountains to do some camping and hiking. It was absolutely gorgeous! The mountains aren't incredibly tall, but the rivers running through them have cut out some steep cliffs and deep gorges. There are waterfalls and cascades to view from various hikes around the national parks. We also drove out to the Jenolan Caves, cut out from millions of years of underground rivers running through limestone caverns. It was mesmerizing.
After the Blue Mountains, we drove back to Sydney and the next day I took the car down south to Shoulhaven, a series of municipalities along the Southern Coast. There are national parks all along the coastline, with wild animals that will come up and eat from your hand (though you aren't REALLY supposed to feed them). I stayed in the small fishing town of Bateman's Bay, before I drove to Canberra.

Today I'll head back to Sydney for the rest of the weekend. Tuesday we take off for Tasmania. As Marc says, "There are a lot of weird animals there." Tassie is known for its backward, hick-like folk, so hopefully I'll have some good stories to share when I get back.

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