|Up really early today (though I almost slept through my alarm and, I know this will be shocking, didn't have time to take a shower) to get to the bus station by 7:00 for my trip to Canberra. The trip took 8 1/2 hours and included only one stop, for lunch in a place called Albury. Arrived in Canberra about 3:45 and headed to the hostel. This hostel (and I've found that the hostels in less travelled areas often have the nicest facilities and the most friendly staff) actually had a free shuttle that would drop off and pick up in town and picked us up right from the bus station. Spent the afternoon relaxing, doing laundry, reading, and taking a nap. Ordered Chinese food for dinner (I have yet to actually prepare a meal for myself like a real backpacker...baby steps) and headed to bed about 10:30.