Sunny skies and white beaches

Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
Trip End May 13, 2006

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Well, it is about time I wrote another good entry- I feel like the last couple have been sort of bo-ring. But that's not because I've been bored...just because I haven't been motivated to type.

So I'm on to a new continent! The land down under! I am over halfway through my trip now which is really pretty hard to believe (and unfortunately I'm well over halfway through my money- not so hard to believe).

I left Hong Kong- sadly putting Asia behind me. Hong Kong was such a great time- and mostly because I was with such a good friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. Being with Anton made me feel more grounded and we did lots of chatting and catching up. Our last day there, I was blessed with a sunny day and Anton and I went swimming even though in his whole month there he hadn't seen anybody swim. The water was lovely.

I tracked down my friend Annie from the airport and phoned her from there to tell her I was arriving in the morning. Things had been mixed up and she wasn't expecting me for another week but she was still cool with it and told me she would pick me up in the morning. I haven't seen Annie since 1999...I was 17 years old! But it has been just a blast to see her and recount old times and catch up and laugh and be crazy!

My first day Annie and her husband Chris drove me all around town. We checked out some beaches, went to Freemantle and walked around (really reminded me of Santa Cruz!), we had lunch on a jetty, and took in the sites. Annie took me out that night and we did a little dancing and I saw a little bit of the Australian bar scene.

The next day Annie had to work and I met up with another friend Claire who took me on more of a driving tour! We went to some great sights, saw more beaches, and caught up. The beaches are gorgeous here- wonderful white sand and beautiful bright blue water. They can't build on the beaches so there are no big hotels or other things right on the beach and it makes all of them public which I absolutely love. I had a wonderful swim in the ocean and played in the waves. The surf was pretty rough- and I played my classic "Hadley versus the Wave" games. I tried all my typical maneuvers- the old dive under, the hop over leg flip, the tuck, the back dive, and of course the often unpredicatable Eat Sand- which is what happens when the wave defeats me. Yes, yes...I do love the ocean and can be entertained for long periods of time by waves.

The vibe in Perth is very laid back. It is a big city- over a million people- but it doesn't feel like that. Annie and Chris say its more of a "big country town." I really like it. Its especially different considering I just came from the zooming Hong Kong with tons of enormous buildings. The city just has a few tall buildings and some streets for shopping and its on a nice wide river. The rest of the city is really spread out.

Today I set off on my own to take in some of the sights and I just cruised around the town. Annie works tonight so I'm about to go out to a bar with Claire- should be fun.
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