Last weekend brought about a really amazing but sad conclusion to the Human Brochure campaign put on by Visit Canberra. While this was meant to be the ultimate finale for the whole thing, I'm not sure it's going to be the last event us Humans put on that shows off the nation's capital. I get the feeling the results of this project are going to be long felt as the feedback from people who hadn't experienced Canberra like we had begin to filter through. There were some in the minority that I spoke to that thought it could have gone smoother, the large majority though, thought it was spectacular. I'm of the opinion that those that considered it under delivered probably need to look inwards a little and realise they just participated in a world first, completely free campaign that was all about us. I felt privileged being a part of it and have made some extremely close friends that I never would have met had it not been for this.
Like I said, this was the last official set of events and was logistically the most frightening for Visit Canberra I'm sure. Up until now the 101 of us Humans had been provided with a rare insight into the food, drink and events that are on show all year in the A.C.T.. We'd been wined and dined in an effort to produce 101 people who could promote the crap out of the place. I get the feeling last weekend was almost like the test to see if we passed the exam. From everything I saw, I think most got a high distinction and graduated a little fatter and probably a little hungover. The weekend gave us the opportunity to invite 2 interstate friends and one local to come and do some of the things we'd had the chance to do since it all began.
My weekend started by joining another local Canberran and my best friend and his wife at their pretty spectacular hotel (East Hotel in Kingston) at 5am! I think we all got over the pain of the early morning when our sweet ride pulled up. We were to be driven down to Lake Burley Griffin to meet the man behind the Kayak Cameraman mask (he doesn't actually wear a mask). I'd long admired the photos that he produced as he would brave the freezing mornings and venture out seemingly each and every day. He has an amazing story himself and if you haven't heard of him, do yourself a favour and google "Paul Jurak". If you don't want to buy a Kayak after that then I'm not sure I can help you.
|The Kayak Cameraman himself!|
We said our goodbyes and headed off for the buffet breakfast at East Hotel. Now those that really know me, know I'm a big fan of hash browns. This breaky didn't disappoint. I think I ate my body weight in hash browns and bacon and sat back while I patted my belly in complete contentment.
The next 48 hours consisted of visits to Questacon, Brodburger, The Canberra Glassworks, the Arboretum and a much longer than planned trip to Bentspoke Brewery.
Not a bad way to spend a weekend at all!
So the hope is that the 101 Humans will continue to show the world how amazing Canberra is. Will it work? For this sample size of 1 (me) it's worked a treat. I've fallen in love with this place more times than I can count in the space of about 6 months. I hope people who visit do so with an open mind and without the prejudices that have existed for decades. I hope they visit the museums and galleries, the memorials and festivals, the parks and lakes, the restaurants and wineries, the sporting events and Questacon, the Deep Space Centre and National Parks but most of all I hope they come away and realise Australia has an amazing city that's relatively young and ready to grow.
Cheers from a tiny part of the Human Brochure experience.