Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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Unfortunately, I had to wait a little while for my first dip in the sea - we had a few errands to run. We went and got some shopping - a highly enjoyable experience due to the icy air-conditioning, and then we dropped bade farewell to Kurt, Dave and the boys, and dropped our Wicked van off at the depot. After that, we walked into town and had a look around. Broome was built on the pearling industry and the mass immigration that it attracted. As such, it has a multi-cultural history - the main two streets are known as Chinatown, despite boasting only one Chinese restaurant and the town has Chinese, Japanese and Muslim cemeteries. There were lots of galleries displaying Aboriginal art and lots of tour operators - Broome’s multi-culturalism now lies in the mix of tourists it draws and the vast numbers of twenty-something-year-old travellers who fill all the hospitality jobs in town.
After another coffee stop, we made our way to Cable Beach on the big blue town bus. We were just in time to watch the sun go down over the ocean - a fiery blaze that spread across the water and turned everyone on the beach into a deep purple silhouette.
The next few days were spent in pleasant idleness - swimming in the Indian Ocean, lying in the sunshine, drinking hot coffee in cool cafes and cold beer in warm bars
When Lisa arrived, we (characteristically) went straight out for a beer. We headed to Matso’s, a restaurant with a micro-brewery attached and a reputation for beers with interesting twists, such as mango, chilli and ginger influences. Their beer menu is extensive and the plan was to work our way through it. We set off well - the ginger beer was tangy with a real spicy edge; the mango was sweet and full-flavoured without being sickly. It was at this point that the evening took a turn for the worst for me - my downfall, a large plate of kangaroo curry. Now, don’t get me wrong - my dinner was beautiful; delicious - too delicious in fact. I simply had to finish it, despite the fact that the volume of food would have been enough to feed all three of us, with left-overs for tomorrow’s packed-lunches
Other Broome highlights include the taxi-driver who picked us up and turned out to be a Geordie, and our trip to the Sun Cinema, a 90 year-old outdoor cinema. We sat on canvas deckchairs under the stars (and the Broome airport flight path) and watched a tiny gecko crawl over the screen. Broome - thumbs up.