As I got here to Australia one of the things I had on my mind I had (should) do before getting a full time job was this: changing my electoral registry, so I started evaluating the options all of them to go by myself:
- Staying in Canberra over night: regarding that there were two options; the first one was paying for a hotel or hostel, at least that was going to be at least 50$, so NO; the second option was waiting for a friend who is arriving in Canberra in about 2 weeks, and that option was also out of the question (in fact I even didn't tell this option to my friend, she may find about this as she reads this post) because I thought she and her family were just going to be settling and I was going to be in their way.
- Going and returning in the same day: well that was the only option so I started looking for a way to go...
- By plane: around 220$as cheap each way, so in total 440$, so NO
- By train: around 80$ a return trip, more affordable, so COULD BE
- By bus: a return trip in 50$... THAT WAS IT
Besides that I had to think about the transport expenses in Canberra, and in the possibility of having to take a taxi home from Parramatta, because of the hour the bus gets to Sydney. In the end it was going to be quite a bit of money but I was going to go for it because I think it's an important thing to do.
The day I decided this I got from 3 different friends (Kathy. Arturo and Carlos) a mail saying that the guys that organised the "Operativo" in Sydney in December, were organising another "Operativo" but this time to go to Canberra to register ourselves.
It was 50$ a piece, for renting a bus that was going to take us straight to the embassy and back.
Today, Saturday, was that day. I have to say that this was also possible because the embassy opened their doors a Saturday for us to come in to do this errand.
From Sydney in the bus we were 14 people, from Melbourne were around 80 something, there were people from Perth and Brisbane who went by themselves, as well as others from Sydney... in total we were around 190 people changing our voting address to Australia... we did it!!!
Here are some pics of the event and the group.
On our way… a little bit of rain
Still on our way
A glimpse of Canberra
The entrance of the Embassy
The embassy and the Venezuelans waiting to come in…
Playing one of the national sports (Domino) while waiting
On the bus…the group
More of Canberra
More of Canberra
Some estrange sheep on our way back home