A Tale of Two Cities

Trip Start Mar 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

After returning from Kangaroo Island we were lucky to be able to go back to our Adelaide couchsurfing 'home' of Chris, Vanessa and Peter. We just relaxed and hung out with them, even making real genuine poutine out last night! It is very hard to come by cheese curds here but we picked them up at the Adelaide Market, an amazing place where anything can be found! Chris and Peter also attempted to show Nick how to properly hold and swing a cricket bat - much different from baseball! But perhaps the most important thing we learned from the guys is how to bet on greyhound racing! Now, being an animal lover I cannot support such a thing... but it is pretty entertaining nonetheless. Nick came out a couple dollars on top and I lost both my bets. I can see how people get addicted to gambling! We won't make a habit of it.

Sunday morning we flew to Perth. We had been looking for rideshares and even found a couple but after crunching the numbers we realized that with the gas, food, and loding required of a 3000km week-long trip it is much more cost effective to fly. Although we do really want to do some remote long distance driving we are pretty confident we can accomplish that on the dusty road to Darwin.

Since being in Perth we have stayed in a hostel in Northbridge, a suburb just north of the city centre that seems to have much more going on than the city itself, which seems to be just business and a bit of shopping. Our first night we went out for real authentic chinese food including Peking Duck, mmmm! We also enjoyed some shisha at a hookah bar.

We have seen the normal sights - there aren't actually that many! Hyde Park is really lovely, with tons of cool unique birds, a pond, and a very cool playground! Whenever I see cool playgrounds I wish I was a kid again so I could go play! We did a nice walk through the city including King's Park, a huge park that includes the Botanic Gardens and great views over the city and the river. The waterfront, which is actually the riverfront, is nice although small, and we saw (heard) the Swan Bells, bells that were a gift from England and are from the 14th century.

That's about it so far in Perth, stay tuned!
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Chris Badman on

Good stuff guys! Remember - if you ever get short of money then double it... no... TRIPLE it on the hounds!! Foolproof!

I hope everybody is being nice to you and everything's coming along smoothly. Remember - I have contacts!

Go Habs Go!

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