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Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 09, 2013

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Monday, June 10, 2013

10-14th June – Perth

Perth gave me a nice break up to the 3 weeks we'd decided to spend in Sydney to sort out Africa and also attempting to save a bit of money. Obviously, the choice to fly to Perth for 5 days didn't really go along with the "saving money" aspect but it did mean I could meet up with some more friends I've met whilst travelling and see another part of Australia; somewhere a lot of people we've met have gone on about as a really nice place, but never really being able to say why.

After a 5am get up and Laura kindly driving me to the airport, I got the best welcome to Perth with the correct bus ready and waiting after my lone flight to take me straight into town and to even better my arrival, on the way I saw a load of pelicans (which shocked me enough) to then have a dolphin do a jump into the air right next to them!  Great start :)

I'd arranged to meet Kate in the city centre when I arrived.  I knew Kate only briefly for a hangover day in Sihanoukville and the bus to Siam Reap, a lunch and a missed dinner.  Of all the people I'd met, for some reason Kate and I had kept in touch the whole time, in the anticipation of maybe bumping into each other again but never managing it!  But when we were both back to back looking in opposite directions for each other, that made us both burst out laughing when we turned to be face to face!  After not having eaten since 5am and it now being 2pm I was ravenous so Kate took to me to a foodcourt that conveniently had subway - footlong time :)  We had a good chat whilst I showed food in my face and then went for a walk to the Lazy Shag Bar on Swan River for a cider, and continued to chat. 

I then organised for Rob to come and get us.  Due to some house mates problems, I wasn't able to stay with Kate so instead stayed with Sam and Rob who we'd met in Thailand and again in Laos, the "lairy lads" I'd initially called them in my blog, which the pair of them still point out when I'm with them!  Conveniently they lived in Leederville where Kate worked so it couldn't have worked out any better!  For the whole week they were extremely accommodating of both me, and Kate, who was at theirs on numerous occasions during the week.  Their housemates were also lovely and very welcoming of me into their massive home, Louise and Sarah cooking for me on 2 occasions as part of their cooking rotation.  Very much appreciated.

Whilst people were at work I spent my time seeing the sights of Perth.  This ultimately meant I had seen more of Perth than either of the boys who hadn't been out much other than to their pub down the road!  On my first day in the city I headed to the Travel agent in an attempt to find out if there was anything around Perth worth doing; I'd originally planned to go to Perth to see whale sharks as someone told me you can do that in June as it’s their migratory season.  Load of bollocks; that was 1000km up the coast, so no whale sharks for me.  Another time, another place!  Turns out there isn’t much to do in Perth other than things I’ve done; beaches, sand dunes or wine tasting.  So I decided to just be a tourist by foot and see the places recommended to me by Gabriel.

The next day I took myself to Kings Park; a beautiful park that overlooked the whole city on a big hill with beautiful botanic gardens, water features and tree-top walkway!  A great morning.  Another morning I took myself to Scarborough beach where the surfers were out in their numbers, all attempting to catch the rather large waves!  I had taken my laptop with me to sit in a cafe and update my CV / cover letter.  However, a cafe on the seafront just didn’t seem to exist.  All there was were fast food restaurants with a strip of land and trees and car parks before you could see the beach anyway.  Business idea for a little cafe on the beach or what?  The cafe I did end up sitting in gave a nice view of the road and an expensive smoothie - $7.80!  But I made the most of it and sat there was 2 hours working away.

And of course, whilst on my own, I did not go shopping...or aim to.  I just somehow found myself on Hay Street Mall, emphasis on mall, and inside shops that had woman's clothing in, some of which may have accidently turned out to fit me very well and before I knew it my credit card was back in my purse and I'd somehow gained a shopping bag and 2 items; oops!  But as I told Rob, the jumper is "so cute" which he then continued to take the mic out of me with for the next 2 days (me initially thinking he genuinely thought it was cute!)

After my non-shopping expedition I met Kate back in Leederville after she had finished work to go for a coffee.  What was meant to be a nice coffee and quick chat ended up being a coffee, massive slice of carrot cake and 5 hours of chatting about everything and anything before they kicked us out at 9pm as they were closing.  But we couldn’t stop there, so we went for a drink at a restaurant down the road; me in my daytime clothes and starting to feel rather cold, and Kate in her casual clothes, carrying around her work clothes.  As we walked into the bar, forgetting it was now late, as well as backpacker night out, we both got IDed and asked if I only had water in my bottle.  Luckily I did have my passport on me, and Kate showed her work clothes and we were let in!  We each had a drink before we called it a night at 10 as we both needed to go back and have dinner.  I love it that just sometimes, you click with people, and luckily enough I’ve had the chance to see Kate again!

As well as seeing Kate, Rob and Sam, 4 of the 5 girls we met in Vang Vieng were also in Perth; Sophie, Soph, Carly and Hollie.  So on my second night we all arranged to meet for dinner along with Kate, Sam and their friend Georgia.  It was really nice to see the girls again; we only had a couple of days in Laos so it was nice to catch up and hear about their lives, as well as some really funny stories!  And conveniently there was 50% off of pizza, so I wonder what I ordered as well as the majority of the table!  Kate took Laura’s role in sharing half her pizza with me and vice versa and we all had a good chat and gossip, with Sam looking a little lost during the girly conversations (Rob was at work)! 

On my final day in Perth, Rob had the day off, Kate had the day off and Sam naughtily took the day off.  So we all decided to go on a road trip.  However, the day started with me ever so kindly cooking the boys a fry-up (something I’d been wanting for quite a while anyways, and I figured I’d do a better job of it, haha!).  For our road trip we decided to go to Fremantle; a town well known for its quirkyness, markets and more importantly breweries!  I was the designated driver which didn’t bother me too much as daytime drinking doesn’t agree with me, plus I can’t exactly say I’m bothered about beers, ales and ciders!  I did however at one pub allow myself half a spiced apple and ginger cider which was really tasty :)  We ended up going to 3 pubs; Rosie O’Grady, The Monk and the most famous one there, Little Creatures.

As well as the drinking part of the day for the boys and Kate, I made a picnic for us all to have at lunch time.  For most people the concept of crisps, cheeses, bread, dips, tuna pasta, plastic plates and cutlery is a normal, maybe a bit posh, picnic.  For Rob and more so Sam, this was an out of this world, concept, with Sam saying he doesn’t think he ever had had a proper picnic!  Haha  His normal 'food out’ would be crisps and jam sandwiches, so I think I rather spoilt him with the food!  I just pretty much used the picnic as an excuse to buy everything I’d been wanting for ages; flavoured cheeses (the almond and apricot one is to die for and only $1.99!), taramasalata and tuna pasta.  A bloody good picnic if I can say so myself, and they all seemed to enjoy it as well.

Sam took to seeing if the numerous seagulls surrounding us would enjoy it as well, feeding them crisps, grapes and salad leaves, most of which was too big to fit into their mouths, but provided us with a lot of entertainment whilst they ran after each other, trying to get at something they probably won’t like and couldn’t even get into their mouths.  Rob and I also had a game of table tennis which just happened to be free and in the vicinity.  I had him running scared for a bit but somehow lost 11,6 in the end :(  But a really fun day out!

That evening was Sarah’s (one of the boy’s housemates) birthday so it was an excuse for a house party and piss up.  With the boys and Kate at least 5-6 pints ahead of me, I got on the wine.  Me and Kate bought a white goon, but went a bit posher than usual getting one infused with peach and passion fruit; and it was delicious!  The party got quickly into full swing with Rob, Sam and Kate feeling the ciders rather quickly and being quite drunk, but very funny.  We went to the pub up with road for a bit where we swayed with the music of a not so great band.  But at 1am it was time to say farewell to Kate as I put her in a taxi and walked back to the boys house.  More people at this point has turned up and it was all getting a little crazy, so with a flight in the morning and the prospect of a lift getting less and less likely, I decided to call it a night.  But with my sofa, i.e. my bed, in amongst the party I had to find somewhere else to sleep.  Initially it was going to be in the boys room but with both of them having a bit too much fun, I ended up grabbing the cushion of the deck chair, not really knowing where to put it, and then their housemate Sim offering to put in their room.  Darling!

To say I slept well is a load of bollocks, I barely slept so my 7:30 alarm was ignored as I got up at 7 to get out of the house early as possible to get to the airport and sleep!  A crazy ending to what was a brilliant week and a nice change from Sydney.  I had a brilliant week and was very appreciative of the hospitality of the boys and their housemates, and the efforts of Kate to see me even though she was working horrible hours.  A brilliant week with some brilliant friends who I hope to see again in the future :)
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Perth sounds wonderful - the hospitality you have received whilst travelling has been second to none - you are very lucky. x

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