When I left Sydney, I went (by bus) to Canberra, which is the capital of Oz. My hostel was pretty near the center of things, which is a huge blessing.
To say Canberra properly, you say: "Can-bura."
I walked to various places to see the sights. I went into many of the "important" buildings. I also visited a war memorial. I'd never been to any in the U.S. so it was a very touching experience for me. I think visiting such a place (especially for the first time) is amazingly powerful and really puts things into perspective... at least for a little while. It was a memorial with lots of names... and looked kinda like a tomb. It was heavy on my heart for a long time afterward.
It's beautiful, isn't it? Even though the photos do it justice... they don't. It's so difficult to describe. But there is NO way that a photo can replace BEING there.
This fact, is one of the reasons I have some of the dreams/plans I have. I truly believe it's better to BE there and EXPERIENCE stuff than to simply accept the vicarious experience of a TV program or a photo.
Anyway... back to my time in Oz.
I'm not sure if I had really been to D.C. before my trip to Oz. There was a different feeling about that city than others. It was like it was lacking. I didn't know how to describe the lack back then. But now... since I've been to D.C. as well as Canberra... I think I would describe it as a lack of goodness in/of Spirit. Not to say that all the folks who work and live in those cities are bad. I certianly do NOT believe that at all. It's just an overall feeling.
And the buildings... while they are impressive, they felt empty and lacking. Now makes me think of "the great and spacious building" in Lehi's vision and Nephi's dream.