JejakBede.online - A Freezing Night in the Adina Apartment in Canberra. The third city in Australia that we visited during our short course was Canberra.
We Arrived in Canberra at about 7.30 pm. When we walked out of the airport and climbed up the bus, we felt the wind was very cold, although all of us had worn our jackets at that time.
I checked the weather condition using a mobile app and it pointed out that the temperature was 10 °C. Wow, it was an unusual environment for us who came from the tropical region, Indonesia.
Absolutely, it felt like the weather has reached a freezing level and it has just gotten worse because of the light rain.
About the course, in Bahasa: Mengikuti Kursus Singkat "Better Climate Services" Melalui Australia Awards Indonesia (AAI)
The local committee who acted as our Welfare Officer, Mas Firman, then brought us to the apartment in the center of Canberra, Adina Apartment. It took around 15 minutes from the airport.
|In front of Adina Apartment in Canberra|
We would have stayed in the Adina Apartment until the following day. There were some agendas with our course where we had to do here. Other than the training practices in the class, we would get benchmarking to some of the Australian institutions.
The agendas during we stayed in Adina Apartment were visiting Australian Geoscience, Australian National University, and the Indonesian Embassy for Australia.
|In the Indonesian Embassy for Australia|
For our last night in Canberra, there would have a farewell dinner by the host of training. Also in the farewell dinner, we would receive our training certificate. It means that we had completed all of the training agenda.
The farewell party held in the Old Parliament Building. A famous historical building in Canberra.
|In front of the Canberra Old Parliament, before the farewell party|
Back to the cold evening story… I got the same room with my roommate as in the previous visiting to Brisbane and Melbourne. We were given two rooms. One of them has a bathroom.
|Bedroom in the Adina Apartment|
The previous story, in Bahasa:
The room in Adina Apartment looked like typical apartments in Australia. There was also a common room with the dining table in the center that furnished with a sofa, a flat TV and a shared bathroom.
|Common room and swimming pool in the Adina Apartment|
In our room, the kitchen was located on the right side across the shared bathroom. We could access the balcony through the shared room. From the balcony we could see the swimming pool for Adina's guests.
After dinner, there was no agenda. We should use the time to take a rest. We had spent a lot of our energy throughout the day.
In the morning before arrived in Canberra, we had visited the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) in Melbourne. We had listened to some of the presentations conducted by the BoM expert during the day.
After we were done at BoM, we took our luggage from Mantra Apartment in Melbourne and went to Canberra in the afternoon.
Can you imagine, on the previous day we had taken our dinner in Brisbane and got lunch in Melbourne. Then in the next evening when we should take dinner, we had been already in Canberra. In 24 hours we have eaten in the three different cities in Australia. What a busy day.
9 pm in the evening was still early for bed but my eyes were drooping, ready to close. At 11 pm, I suddenly woke up as I felt cool chill surrounding my skin. But there was no heater in my bedroom.
I double-checked the weather app and it showed 8 °C. I imagine that the morning weather would be much colder than this.
|The temperature was in the night and the next morning|
So I moved to the common room and decided to sleep on the sofa. The temperature of the air conditioner in front of the sofa was set to 30 °C. I thought it would make me warm but I still felt cold. I even covered my body with a blanket but it seems like it was not enough.
Just then, I saw there was a gap under the balcony door. I thought the cold air must have seeped in through the gap. So I placed a mat to close it.
|To block the cold air|
Not satisfied with it, I also wore socks to cover my feet. It was a really cold night in Canberra. As I have predicted earlier, the temperature in the morning was 6 °C.
When the morning came, by the WAG, my friends shared their picture when they swam in the Adina Apartment pool. They were crazy I thought. How they could swim while I had gotten a freezing night. But they were looked to be enjoying their swim.
|The happy buddy|
During the day, the temperature reached only 8 - 16 °C. It felt still cold so we wore jackets along the day. Then when we slept, blanket and socks should be worn too for the second freezing night.
The cold air did not avoid us to enjoy the time. After the class in the first afternoon, we walked to show the Canberra Floriade Flower Festival. Here the full story: Berkunjung Ke Taman Bunga Floriade Canberra - Australia.