Enjoying being "home"

Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Friday, June 28, 2013

It turned out to be a fine day in Brisbane the day I was flying out to Perth so took the opportunity to wander around the city and see what it had to offer.   What made the day more entertaining was to see all the Lions fans in their red shirts scattered everywhere I went basically idling around on the streets, coffee shops and bars waiting for the time that they could head to the stadium for the big game; the Lions against the Wallabies.  Had I know earlier that I would be in Brisbane for this game I would have stayed an extra day and caught the game in one of the many bars or the big screen in the CBD. I would have liked to experience game night and the after party especially since the Lions won.  Sorry Australia.  The energy I felt walking down to the train station to catch the train to the airport was amazing as I constantly dodging and darting between the masses of red shirts walking towards me from the station to the stadium.  The flight to Perth from Brisbane is pretty much like flying from Toronto to Vancouver and being on a low budget airline I passed the time reading a book and sleeping little.  Which was good because Jesse (tent-mate from the Africa trip) was pretty tired herself from a big night out, so after a quick catch up once we got back to her gorgeous new home we hit the hay.  Next day we headed to the town of Fremantle or Freo to the locals, and had lunch at Little Creatures Brewery, of course trying one of their beers, before heading out for a wander around town and to check out the markets that are only open on the weekends.  Unfortunately the weather wasn't really in our favour with light rain while we tried to make our way around town.  A popular Australian thing to do is have a Sunday Sesh whereby you get a bit dressed up, find a nice pub and go and have a few drinks to pass the afternoon away with friends.  So Jesse made some plans with her friend Rachel to meet up with us a place called Botanica, which was packed with a very young crowd that to me looked dressed up for a night on the town, observing from within my "going out" clothes for the last 10 months; jeans and a top with a few holes in it.  After a couple of drinks, Jesse made the call to go back to her place to have some more drinks and order some Chinese food where I would finally meet one of her two housemates Matt, as the other one James was offshore.  It was a great evening at home sitting around the table out the back of the house getting to know Jesse’s friends.  The next day was a very chilled out day taking in a long walk around the neighbourhood with Jesse and then just relaxing around the house relishing in not doing anything.  I played tourist the next day by taking the Swan River cruise from Perth down to Freo which takes about 1.5 hrs and then taking in a couple of interesting tours at the Fremantle prison.  This prison was built by almost 10,000 convicts who arrived in the area in1850 and is the largest convict built structure in Western Australia.  It was a working maximum security prison up until 1991 when it was closed down.  I did a “Doing Time” tour to understand how prisoners where processed and moved about in their day to day lives and then also did a “Great Escapes” tour learning about the many escapes attempted by the prisoners.  Some of the prisoners weren’t too bright, others were brighter but all still got caught; it was only a matter of time.  In the evening Jesse and I went to see the movie World War Z which was surprisingly a good movie; intense and scary, at least for me as I was always jumping in my seat when the zombies appeared out of nowhere.  To take advantage of the beautiful weather the next day we went for a long walk along the coast starting at Hilary’s Harbour and heading east, I think.  It’s a beautiful coast line and lots of surfer’s where out taking advantage of the surf.  And then in the afternoon I put my domestic hat on and started staining one of two oak barrels that Jesse has in her backyard.  In the evening Matt invited us to Paddington’s as it was the second of three games of the “State of Origin”; a rugby match between Queensland and New South Wales.  And for a second time we ended back at Jesse's sitting around the table having drinks and a great time talking the night away. Good times!  In the morning over coffee I stained the other oak barrel and then we did more walking in the afternoon in an area called Cottesloe, Jesse’s old stomping grounds and again right on the coast line and makes for beautiful scenery.   I wanted to take Jesse out for dinner to thank her for putting me up for five nights and so after a bit of deliberating we went to the Perth Casino wandered around with a delicious cocktail and ended up at a place called Junction Grill that served a nice steak and fish of the day.  We had intents of staying a bit longer but the place was pretty quiet and we both seemed happy with going home so we did.  Next day I was leaving but had most of the day before catching my plane so we went back to Hilary’s Harbour for a walk around the shops and pick up a cup of the thickest richest hot chocolate I think I’ve ever had in my life and then head over to Kings Park in the city to take in the city views and stroll around before Jesse dropped my off at the airport.  It’s been such a nice relaxing time here in Perth and just exactly what I needed to end my time in Australia and start a new adventure in South East Asia.  It’s also been really great to spend some time with Jesse on her home turf, see her new house and meet her friends and house mates. I don’t know if we’ll cross paths again but hope so as she’s  what another friend of mine would say “a good egg”.  It’s a compliment Jesse and thanks again for everything!
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Vivi on

Nice to hear about Perth. I enjoyed it and Freemantle very much. I was training for my last tri then and had a run in King's Park. Happy memories! Thanks for stirring them up.

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