… even though it feels like I just got here!
Just about every day was clear and sunny and warm with chilly (near freezing) nights.
Most of the eucalyptus leaves and barks I was able to sample on my scarves were great at giving color of some sort.
The Botanical Gardens are lovely – and the best thing is that all the eucalypts are labelled!
The two exhibits within the Art building I’ve been staying in (Made in Taiwan and one of indigenous artworks that I didn’t catch the title) are stunning in the breadth of work and accomplishment.
The Old Masters exhibit at the National Art Museum is truly magnificent – the masters being the indigenous artists of bark painting. Thank you, Judy P, for that experience!
The National Art Museum itself is a work of contemporary art! And it was heavenly to get into the archives, even if only for 15 minutes. (Donna K – you would love the collection of looped bags!)
The city itself is quite lovely in all its fall color glory – many ‘exotic’ hardwood trees have been planted. There seems to have been a fascination with sycamore trees at one point in the planting history of the country – so far I have seen them everywhere and very specially placed.
Being on campus was like being in the middle of it all – people from around the world coming to the Australian capital, lots of exchange of ideas, creativity just jumping out of skins.
Extremely friendly inhabitants, too. And ones who have become special friends now. Looking forward to continued friendships – and maybe some visitors to Ohio in the future?
And I was reminded whenever I headed out on a brisk walk that the city is on a high plateau surrounded by some of the oldest mountains in the world with a very low humidity level. Kept my bottle of water handy and slowed my pace…
Heading to much closer to sea level in a couple hours. Need to stuff the last items into the bags … and hope they close!