The ship had entered port, just below our balcony we watched the gang ways placed while we ate breakfast. Stefan, provided me with addresses of several computer stores in Perth. I packed my computer as we chose to seek out the one that repaired and sold computers as a priority. We disembarked, picked up a map of Perth and crossed the street to board the local train heading that way. CyberShop was just a few blocks away from the Perth train station. We found it without difficulty. I explained and demonstrated my computer's problems and left it with their super geek, Adeel, then headed out to meet with some friends a few blocks away. Natalie was happy to see us and introduced us to her friends. About an hour and a half later I called the CyberShop to check on my computer. Adeel was still working on it. Natalie had plans to meet another friend Amanda for lunch in about an hour and invited us to join them. We excepted the lunch invitation and decided to stop at CyberShop to find out if they could fix the computer or not. When I went in to the shop Adeel told me he understood I needed the computer fixed fast, that he fixed the problem, and he was taking steps to prevent it from happening again. I was sooooo elated I almost jumped up and down right there and then. Adeel went on to try to scold me to stop interrupting him as he worked. He quickly realized his attempt to be terse was futile as I stood before him smiling with glee. I agreed to return at 3 and leave him be to work uninterrupted
Natalie, Amanda, JoRina and I went to a great Dim-Sum restaurant, the Dragon Palace.
We collectively sampled about 15 variations of dim-sum. All delicious. Conversations were lively and delightful. After a long leisurely and thoroughly enjoyable lunch Natalie JoRina and I went shopping for girl stuff. We all had fun being women today. Natalie knew just where to go to get supplies. We returned to the CyberShop and used their computers to check in with the guys while Adeel finished his work. He charged me $139; the minimum he could charge. Good man. Then Natalie brought us to the Perth train station and wished us well with our journey. We had a great time in Perth. We returned to the ship with 15 minutes to spare.
Back on board I unpacked my computer and noticed Adeel replaced the American plug for my computer with an Australian plug. Huh. Not an immediate problem as I have a multi country plug adapter that adapts an Australian plug to be plugged into an American or British socket.
I don't think the Home Depot guy is going to be impressed when ask for advice to convert it back when I return to the States. Any way the mood in our cabin has shifted from morose to delight in the course of the day. We ordered fajitas and tea from room service, showered and did a load of laundry during the evening hours as we reminisced and listened to music. By 9:45 we went to the Queens Room to dance to Vibes. New passengers have boarded the ship and lit up the dance floor with skill, youth and elegance. Hooray! After 1/2 hour JoRina went to see the movie in illuminations. I stayed and danced for another hour then checked out the movie briefly before returning to the cabin to read and rest.
Today began erratically as I vacillated between getting up early or lingering in the quiet of dawn. By 7:30 I could no longer contain my eagerness to get up and go explore Perth.