Majority of my Friday nights are spent watching Netflix and going to bed early but I made a new mission to myself – to go out and explore my hometown, Canberra, as much as I can. I spend my time dreaming and planning trips of far off distant lands but sometimes I forget that I live in a beautiful city as well. So when my Mum sent me a text asking if I wanted to go to the National Museum of Australia’s Origins night, I was in.
I met my parents and the entrance of the Museum and collected the program for events for the night. There were two amphitheatres running with different forms of entertainment, feature talks and games and crafts. I should also mention that the Museum’s main exhibition is ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects‘. This Exhibition is about the 2 million years of human history, all crammed into one massive room. I have wanted to go to this Exhibition ever since I discovered the existence of the Lewis Cheesemen while I was travelling in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
The first stop on our night out was at the Medieval Sword Work at the outside amphitheatre. My Dad was in heaven, he loves military history. We watched the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons battle it out in a sword/axe fight. We learnt the traditions of the Viking battles – the women standing behind yelling in support and the different types of weapons and how a fight may play out. Afterwards, the re-enactors let us have a hold of the weapons and shields and showed us how to use them.
Another great event to watch was Kendo, the strength, discipline and the culture convergence in this Japanese martial art. I have never seen Kendo before and it was really quite interesting to watch the different attacks and defensive manoeuvres.
Oh Bollywood! I love the colours, the vibrancy and the movements of this fun filled dance. The energy of Bollywood dancing is always amazing. It was even more fun when they got the entire crowd involved in a lesson. We got taught the moves of the washing blades and the searcher.
There was always a constant performance or game happening around us. The Rhythm Connect African during circle played around the hall and kept the beat up.
There were other such activities as ‘Make your own Election Badge’, Chinese dance troupe, Polynesian dance performance, an Archaeological dig site, a henna artist, headdress and headbands photo booth, worldly aromas smell station, a talk about the Origins of Rome and so much more.
I am pretty happy that I did say ‘yes’ to exploring new experiences and places in my hometown. Hopefully this will open up new opportunities and experiences that I would normally say no to. Have you ever found something fun and different to do in your own backyard?