I live in a city where the sunset bleeds deep red and yet it is beautiful.
I live in a campus where the birds’ music is distracting and yet it is calming.
I live in a university sitting in isolation and yet it is welcoming.
I live in Canberra where mountains block us from the rest of the country and yet it is enlightening.
March is a month full of celebrations. It is Canberra’s centennial anniversary. Last March 11, Australia’s capital gathered around Lake Burley-Griffin for the day-long festivities concluded by an amazing display of fireworks. That same day, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary. And 2 days after that, my better half’s birthday. It was also a more than week-long celebration for us as we continued our time together in Sydney (that will be for a different post).
One of the highlights of that week is our cycling around the city all the way to the Australian War Memorial as the starting point of our 2-hour hike to Mount Ainslie. Mount Ainslie, I say, is the Black Mountain or Telstra Tower’s lesser known brother. I highly recommend driving up to the summit or, if you’re the adventurous type, follow the trail which starts at the Australian War Memorial.
We did a leisure hike for 1 hour and less than an hour going down. The path is clear and well-maintained; some sections are flat but mostly, and obviously, the path is steep. We’ve seen a lot of joggers conquering gravity, friends just strolling around and kangaroos having their afternoon snack. It is best to go there a couple of hours before sunset.
The view from the summit was magnificent as it rewards you with a panoramic view of the city. At the background is the Black Mountain silhouetted by the warm hues of the setting sun. It was a beautiful view and an awe-inspiring moment and I want to share this sunset photo with you and a quote by Rumi. I hope you like it.
- Canberra: Why the Australian city is far from ‘boring’ (updatednews.ca)
- Why Canberra isn’t ‘boring’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Canberra is not deadly dull (oconnoroz.wordpress.com)