PLAYING POLITICS // Canberra, Australia

I have honestly had these photos sitting here in wordpress for nigh on a week now, but have really just been too busy/lazy to post them. They are from our first afternoon in Canberra, in which Chris and I met up with a friend and squeezed in a bit of sightseeing before a crazy weekend of model diplomacy!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt was, once again, a perfect day for walking around. Well, we would have liked to have catch some public transport so we could make tours and what not, but it seems Canberra has about ten buses that run at irregular times. One of the many things that made us questions Canberra’s claims to being a ‘city’ (we’re sorry Canberra, you are cute in a big country town kinda way!).

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESOur first stop was the War Memorial. Seeing as Aidan was with us I decided to take advantage of having a photographer and Chris and I got our biannual ‘jesus-we-both-hate-photos-but-should-probably-take-one’ portrait. Exhibit A.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe museum inside the War Memorial was alright, but the main attraction was the remembrance area in the main courtyard. It is a very beautiful, and moving place.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESAs I mentioned previously, we had intended to try and catch a bus from the War Memorial to Parliament House, but there was apparently no direct buses down that route. I don’t know about you, but wouldn’t running a bus between the two biggest attractions in Canberra be pretty obvious? Alas, no. So we walked 4+ kilometres instead, reminding ourselves to think of the gains and sunburn.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI had been to Parliament House as a child, but I think I appreciated it far more now, seeing as I understand a bit more (some days) about what the hell politics is all about.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe above photo is a painting of the ceremony at which Australia became a Federation. I hadn’t realised that this ceremonious event had actually occurred at the Royal Exhibition Building, where I sit my exams!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThat feeling which you match the Senate.

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I had thought I might end up taking photos of the rest of the weekend, but the time just flew, plus the photos would have been pretty mundane (perhaps of my frantic note taking and preparing speeches?). To keep it short, we attended a Model United Nations conference ran at the Australian National University. I had attended one earlier in the year at my uni, but this one was a bit bigger. It was intense, busy, but fun! We had two and a half days of committee (I was representing Jordan on the UN Human Rights Council, discussing the human rights of foreign fighters), plus I also had the pleasure of visiting the Norwegian Embassy. Here is a photo of all the lovely delegates from the University of Melbourne:

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12108147_10207203608064609_52181203616498354_nAnd to top it off, ANOTHER photo of Chris and I. Geez, I think we have outdone our quota of couple photos for the year!

– Reanna