The end of Sydney....and onto Perth
Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
96Trip End Oct 02, 2005
Today was our penultimate day in Sydney. It should have been spent seeing things one last time, but alas, being as disorganised as we were, we didn't. In the end we managed to get to the post office to send back numerous items that we have collected over the past 5 months in Sydney, and then took a beating of $160 to send the stuff back home. Sarah had to arrange for a police check from NSW police force in order to allow her to teach back home, so it was off to Glebe station to request the check. We were probably greeted with the most gruesome, non humorous woman you have ever met. After a few grunts she finally led us to what we needed to do, but not before half the police force in the station started singing the classic hit "Everybody in the House of Love" by that quality band of the 90's East 17. They then all left to go and catch bad guys. Thats a police force for you. We spent the rest of the day packing. Sarah taught the new housemates, Leanne and Richie, how to make a lasagne from scratch, in exchange for her newly cut hair to be straightened. We then went to Victors, the one and only soul food restaurant in Sydney (www.victorssoulfood.com)where he gave us a free meal for being good customers. The ribs and sweet potato pie are to die for. We were to spend the rest of the evening having a quiet drink, maybe even venturing down to the opera house for one last jaunt..but best laid plans and all that. Leanne and Richie, Claire and Martin turned up, 2 guys from another of our landlords house, and started to buy the drinks. Martin took great pride in telling us throughout the night that the men from his village are the 3rd tallest in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. He was a little drunk though. Rit bought us some shots of tequila and orange, we had Sambuca, Pitchers of ale, the works.
28th May 2005
On the Saturday morning the 28th, it was up and off to the airport. The problem that we had however is that we didnt get to bed until 3.30am and we should have been up at 6.30 to finish packing. With a mighty hangover, which didn't clear until later that day, we managed to get up at 7.30, pack the rest of our stuff very quickly, before Leanne and Richie gave us a lift to the airport. Cheers guys, we owe you one. We landed at Perth some time in the future, the flight ws just a blur, althouh we did win a prize with an onboard quiz that had us naming 10 parts of the body that had only 3 letters. With no slang words either. Once landed we grabbed a bus to the city. One of the passengers saw a friend of his getting on and they had a conversation. it went like this....
friend 1:- g'day mate, hows it going.
friend 2:- not bad mate where you going?
Friend 1:- Oh, i've run out of methodone so i'm off to get me some more...
Needless to say, sat in front of addicts on the way into town wasn't the most great way to be intorduced to perth.
We forgot to get off the bus in the centre of town so loaded with rucksacks we ended up in kings park. Way out of the city centre. We managed to get a cab to the train station where we met Carol and Tom and we headed off to Freemantle (or Freo as its more affectionately called). We spent the afternoon in the pub, catching up before heading off to a micro brewery called Little Creatures to sample some of their home brew.
29th May 2005.
Today we managed to get our campervan sorted for our jaunt around the south west of Australia. We managed to get a 4 berth Winnebago, complete with shower and toilet. A home from home. We spent the afternoon wandering around the marketplace here in Freo, Sarah and Carol trying on "amazing Race hats" and we introduced Tom and Carol to the grassy delights of Wheat-Grass shots. If you haven't got them in the UK yet, they soon wil be. Imagine moving your lawn, taking the grass cuttings and pressing them in a vice until some green juice comes out. Then drink it. Apparently it has the same vitamin content in a 30ml shot as 2.5kg of green vegetable. Nice. That night I took Tom to see the new Star Wars film, as he hadn't seen it yet, (alas Me and Sarah did go and see it on the first session it ws showing here in OZ, and it was grwat fun, people dressed up, quiz in the cinema, good stuff). Granted through most of the film I had Tom yacking in my ear asking things to be explained, but I suppose i had to humour him....
30th May 2005
Today me and Sarah started off having a wander around the town of Freo. We followed the tour on the visitors map which gave all the hot sights in Freo. Point 4 on the tour was Freemantle Railway Station . Wondering what we should look for it carried on to explain The grandiose toilets are the main attraction of the station. Well they weren't that special, apart from they didn't smell like a railway station toilet! After completing the walk, we met up with Carol and Tom, who had booked their flights home, and then we took them to parts of the walk that we had been to in the morning. At night me and Sarah went to a mexican restaurant, ordered too much food, didnt drink enough of the great sangria, and then headed off to bed ready to head off on our tour tomorow.