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... spaces' always changing, the mountain ranges with the gorges, the national parks, the heat, the long distances we drove, without any sign of human population, except from some wide spread cattle, which must have meant there was a cattle station around there as well. The Ningaloo reef, with its many shapes, the coloured fish and the Manta Rae was one of the highlights. At Coral Bay you can snorkel from the beach and see the most colourful fish and swim ...
... ways, look both ways and then surreptitiously disappear again. Grey is the dominant hair colour on the Indian Pacific. I have only detected one other North American accent. They would be suspects number one if the old chap meets with an accident.
Dinner was first class, and we retired to read and save our energy for a tour of the gold mine at Kalgoorlie scheduled ...
... mate. I'm not going there."
"Maybe not, but I am and I need to be there now!"
"Sorry, mate. I've been waiting here for an hour, I want a proper fare. Try the cab behind."
I was flabbergasted, I didn't have time to argue the point, so I made my way to the taxi behind. On seeing this, the supervisor came over and asked me what was going on. When I told her what had happened, she went back to the first cab to ...
... then headed out to a lovely restaurant called Annalakshmi situated on Barrack Square near the waterfront. This lovely restaurant served vegetarian curry, as much as you can eat, and you paid as much as you believed the meal was worth at the end, ran by a local Hari Krishna community. It was so delicious! Loved it, I can see why the girls visited it so often, a perfect place to have a great meal for a little price. That evening Steph and I headed out for a few ...
... still until closure the inmates had no toilets (only a bucket). We were shown the cells, kitchen, execution room (which we skipped) and solitary confinement. This put a whole new perspective on time out at home, which is how we explained it to the kids. A man on the tour asked our guide if he once worked here as a guard. His answer was that all the guides employed there are ex-guards or prisoners, but didn't tell us which one of those he was.