Rained all day today which I was particularly unimpressed with, especially considering it was my last day of roadtripping (cry) and the only full day I had in Albany. However, I still managed to try and make the most of it! I got up very reluctantly as I was shivering so much, managed to brave the cold and have a shower then armed with my new jumper I set off into town.
Had a veggie breakfast and a coffee at Dome and then went to the Anzac centre, where I learned all about the role of Australia (and NZ) in the First World War, with the help of an audio player and a card of a dominant figure in the war whose story you followed throughout the tour. It was really educational and managed to keep my interest for two whole hours! Headed to the whaling station after which was also interesting and very barbaric. We were shown around all the different sections of the station and the cutting deck etc and then shown the skeletons of a sperm whale and a pigmy blue whale which were both enormous. I then walked around the ship Cheynes II which was really disorienting as it had loads of different doorways, corridors and rooms in it and it was very narrow inside.
It was quite disappointing other than that - they had had a power cut that morning so hardly any of the cinema screens showing short films were working. We were told we could come back tomorrow for free but obviously that was not possible for me. So freezing cold and slightly peeved I left and went to Emu Point which also turned out to be a bit of a disappointment as the weather was so bad you couldn't really appreciate the views. Next up was the Sandalwood factory where I just walked around smelling various products before leaving. I must have looked like a weirdo.
By the time I left it was well and truly hammering down, and with just a small gas burner for cooking dinner I thought to hell with that I'm going out for dinner! Plus it's my last night So I went to the White Star in town and had a cider and waited for the kitchen to open. Whilst waiting I was joined by a group of Santas, who informed me that they were just like that 'because why not'! Fair enough. Once they started serving food I hastily sat down in the restaurant and ordered a lovely chicken parmi with a less than lovely glass of merlot. Back to Happy Days for my last night down south...