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Looking through the Windows to the Human Brochure

500 Humans create a human brochure in Canberra

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for quite some time now. No, not merely because my housemate has disappeared interstate for two-weeks – though, I won’t lie when I say that the kitchen has never been cleaner – but because this is the weekend of the Human Brochure.

500 Humans for a Human Brochure in Canberra

Breathing Life into a Brochure

I love getting emails from PR or tourism boards which have innovate ideas they want me to be a part of bringing to life, but Visit Canberra’s Human Brochure campaign was a new level of awesome. They understood that travel isn’t necessarily influenced by the glossy brochures that you’ll find in travel agencies. Have you ever seen photos from a friends overseas trip and thought, “I want to do there!” – well that’s exactly what the Human Brochure is about.

500 people were chosen to spend one of two weekends in Canberra on one of four tracks – adventure, arts & culture, family fun or food & wine – to put together a human brochure of experiences and highlights to help you or your friends or family to use as a starting point when creating their own trip to the ACT.

It’s about 250 real humans giving real opinions, sharing real stories, and having real experiences.

Windows 8 and Surface launch in Sydney, Australia

Looking through the Windows

My eyes widen and I begin to salivate whenever I hear a new Apple product comes out… well, I did until recently when I realised the vice grip it had on me and all the electronic products I use on a day-to-day circumstance.

Having test driven a Nokia 700, which runs Windows software, earlier this year I was drawn into the world of bright coloured buttons, easy to use functions, and the ease in using Bing in such a Googlecentric world I live in. My interest was piqued and spurred forward when test driving a super thin Lenovo on display at the ProBlogger conference earlier in the month.

But this morning I’m off to Sydney for the launch of Windows 8, to be drawn back into the world of brightly coloured Windows to see if it’s worth leaving the cushy white bubble that is Apple. I’m hoping to be able to test drive a Windows tablet – hopefully a replacement to my iPad – and see if Windows will be of any value to me as a travellers and as a blogger.

Watch out for all my Tweets hash-tagged #Windows8

Welcoming the Human Brochure humans in Canberra

Who to follow for the Human Brochure

Adventure – Albino echidnas, mountain hiking and 4WDing your thing? Then follow Amy & Kieron from Don’t Ever Look Back

Arts & Culture – That would be me, Nicole, as I get into the museum and food culture, as well as take a hot air balloon ride!

Family Fun – I’m not sure how she does it but Annabel from Get in the Hot Spot will be finding what’s fun to do in Canberra with her THREE kids – phew!

Food & Wine – Follow Tash from Jouljet as she has eats and drinks her way around the capital

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephen Schreck
    October 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    What a cool idea, sounds like a great opportunity. What did you think of windows 8?

    • Reply
      Nicole
      October 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      It has been an amazing weekend Stephen! Really cool concept but tiring.

      I am not a techie so I can’t tell you too much about Windows 8 but I was impressed by the new software from a users POV. Will be a little bit of a learning curve, and a way to go with having the same amount of apps available as Apple, but definitely worth having a play around with. 🙂
      And the new laptops/tablets coming out with Windows OS – amazing! Be sure to check out … think it was by Acer but it’s called the ‘TaiChi’.

      • Reply
        Stephen Schreck
        October 28, 2012 at 5:15 am

        I am not a techie either. I do think it is interesting what Microsoft is trying to do. I will check out the TaiChi for sure. Thanks for the info!

        • Reply
          Nicole
          October 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

          Pleasure Stephen! Hopefully you get to play with Windows8 soon 🙂

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