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Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Cheviot Lodge

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Thursday, December 2, 2010

G’day from Australia! We’ve been here a few weeks now so apologies for the delayed update but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind trip across the country. To pick up where we left off in our last entry- it was with a fair amount of regret that we left Asia, as you heard, we’d become quite at home there after nearly four months. However, we were also very excited to be heading to Australia, if for nothing else, for a hot shower and some non-squat toilets!

Our Flight to Perth was quite an experience itself. Worthy of note just for the stopover we had in Singapore airport! Of course we had been there a few months before, having just left Africa however,  at that time we were severely jetlagged and did not get to appreciate the full awesome-ness of the place! During our three hour stopover we not only visited a two storey butterfly garden within the terminal, we also relaxed on leather sofas with fitted speakers dotted around multiple big screen TVs showing multiple programmes. (Mark watched an obscure European football match, while I watched The Hills), oh and there was free internet!

Anyway, after that awesome stopover (and another hassle free and pleasant flight with Singapore airlines- I really can’t recommend them enough) we touched down in Peth. First impression? –The change in Climate! I must have acclimatised to Asia more than I realised because as I took a deep breath I was acutely aware that the air was no longer thick and heavy with humidity, but fresh and dry.  The change was really quite shocking.

Second impression? How peculiar it felt to be back in the western world, a place where our taxi not only HAD working seatbelts, but we were expected to use them!

 I was reminded of another taxi journey we made eight and a half months earlier, when we had just arrived in Nairobi from London and Mark and I had both automatically reached for the seatbelts which weren’t there, how much our perception has changed!

After checking in to our somewhat shabby but very well located hostel (directly opposite the  Perth Oval), we had a quick post-flight power nap and then headed into town for a look around. We headed straight to a tourist information point and unsuspectingly joined a group of people embarking on a walking tour of the city. As it turns out, there aren’t really enough points of interest within Peth city to construct a particularly worthwhile walking tour. A mock-tudor shopping complex built in the 1930’s being one of the main attractions! Never the less our volunteer guide Brian provided so much enthusiasm, we couldn’t help but ooh and ah at various paving slabs and a model ship within the town hall.

After such thrills we were quite drained (or it could’ve been the lack of sleep whilst watching in flight movies all of the previous night) so we went back for an early night. The next couple of days passed with little consequence. I really don’t want to be too hard on the city of Perth, I’ve been assured that just outside it there are fantastic beaches and stunning vineyards, but unfortunately we only had a couple of days so we stayed within the city being distinctly underwhelmed, bar a visit to Kings Park which was very pretty.

Oh wait, there was actually one worthwhile excursion, one afternoon we visited the Perth mint which was quite interesting. We saw replicas of the largest gold nuggets found in Australia, got to lift a real life gold bar, weigh ourselves to find out how much we would be worth if we were made of gold, and see a gold bar being poured! 

That night as we sat in our room (compulsory as there was little to no nightlife near where we were), we even got to listen to Jack Johnson sing live from across the road in the Oval.

Never the less, we weren’t too upset about shouldering our backpacks again after only a couple of days in Perth and heading to the airport for a flight to the centre.

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