Christian spent last week with some colleagues in Canberra, collaborating with a group at NICTA. On Thursday night I flew to join them, and to celebrate Christian’s birthday the following day. I was kicking myself the entire trip for leaving my good camera at home, but we snapped a few with our cellphones to capture the memories (see below). Who would have though I’d end up seeing so many great Australian birds (including my first Kookaburra), fields of kangaroos, and so many beautiful buildings and monuments, without a proper camera at hand? I went to the Botanic Gardens when Christian was at work, and later we got to see the National Museum of Australia together. On Sunday our friend Jason took us on an amazing (and very thorough!) tour of the city. He started us off with a trip up Mount Ainslie to look out over the city, then to brunch by the big man-made lake, then to some beautiful Japanese and Chinese gardens, then on a tour of parliament, then out of town to see some Kangaroos at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, then to watch the sun set at the bell tower by the lake, and finally for an excellent dinner (I forgot to take a picture!) with his wife Helen and cute little kids Sophie and Lochlan.