Freo Day

Trip Start Apr 24, 2006
Trip End Apr 24, 2007

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

What a long and productive week I've had! On Wednesday Marie and I did the hostel field trip to the grocery store (they drive you there and back - much easier than trying to carry everything back yourself) and I made a tasty new dish for tea. One of the girls on the tour suggested it and I decided to give it a go . . . success!!!! Couscous, feta, mushrooms and spinach are a winning combo! On Thursday I had my interview with the temp agency. Sarah is incredibly nice and we hit it off instantly. More like chatting with a friend than a job interview. I did rather well on my testing, surprising considering that my computer skills these days are pretty much limited to e-mailing and updating the blog. Shortly after the interview she called with an assignment for Tuesday! Nice! I forgot some banking details so I accompanied Marie down on Friday. She had an interview with Sarah as well! We decided to head into the offices of the country pub people and write in their comment book talking about our time in the pubs. Figured we had advice to pass along to anyone brave enough to go! We also did some mad hunting for a suit jacket for me to wear on Tuesday. Everything was too expensive and the second-hand stores didn't have anything in my size so it was pretty unsuccessful. A bit put-out, Marie and I headed back to the hostel with the intention of getting ready for a night out on the town. However we ended up just drinking at the hostel and chatting with everyone until we decided it was too late to go out. We had a terrible fit of the giggles as we each tried to climb into bed. Literally climb as Marie and I were both on the top bunks! Not an easy feat when you are a bit tipsy! Saturday brought a double-edged sword as the two girls sharing our room checked out. It was sad to see them leave, but we were thrilled to be able to move to the bottom bunks! We decided to head out to Fremantle, I had heard much about it.

A short walk to the train and then a half hour train ride and we were there. On the train I had decided that I needed gnocchi. I had become addicted to the stuff in Melbourne and it had been too long since I had some. As Freo is allegedly "very Italian" we figured we would find some easily. And we did! I had lovely gnocchi in a rose sauce with veggies! Heaven! I talked so much about it that Marie decided to try some too. Marie and I are terrible influences on each other when it comes to food. We both love it too much! Plus after both of us being locked away in small towns we act like we are just released from prison! We have no willpower to turn down food or shopping because we've been in such a drought! We both hope that this will pass soon and we can start resisting before we gain too much weight!

After filling our tummies full of delicious gnocchi we waddled off to the markets. There, more food to tempt us! This time the main allure was all the lovely looking fruit and veggies. We both picked some bananas and strawberries! I grabbed a giant kiwi (the fruit not the people!) as well. Because we can't be too good we also bought some muffins and fudge. Hmmmm fudge. I tried this chilli fudge that was actually pretty spicy! Such a bizarre taste. Sweet and spicy all at once. Some more wandering with very little purchasing. I was content to lose myself in the stalls with all their different wares for sale. The Indian stall drew me into it and I felt intoxicated by all the colours and smells. This was the hardest place to resist buying anything and I decided then and there that India would have to be seen in person. Not even done with Australia and already I am planning where to go next!

Once we felt we had seen enough of the two markets we decided to hop on the free CAT bus that goes around Freo. Such a pretty little place with so many old and cool buildings. I beg Marie to go to the Shipwreck Galleries with me. The price is right - free and as backpackers we rarely turn down free. The Gallery is incredibly cool. Lots of little bits of stuff salvaged from various shipwrecks around WA. In one part there is even a large part of the hull of a boat! After we learn all about the shipwrecks (some very interesting tales of people getting lost, people mutinying and some general bad luck) we look at our watches and decide it is "beer o'clock"! We get a little lost trying to find our way to the pub but end up exploring this lovely little street that looks like it should be somewhere in Europe. Or rather it's what I think a street in Europe should look like. Never having been there it fits my imagined idea. Eventually we end up at the pub. One drink each and then off to return to Perth. We vow that we are going out tonight and not spending all night chatting in the hostel . . . you know, trying something new!
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