After a fabulous night's sleep and a doss morning I decided I was going to visit the zoo today. Spoke to Charles about the directions and bus stops etc and then made my way there. I had almost reached the bus stop when of course I realised I had no actual cash on me. I walked down the road to the nearest ATM and as I was sorting out my funds the bus drove past. Only me.
After 40 minutes of waiting another bus finally loomed in the distance. I stood up and waved the bus down, the bus simply flashed his lights in response and carried on driving. So that was a great start. I didn't think the bus signals were different here in Australia, but maybe I'm wrong... So spirits dampened and time a ticking I eventually managed to successfully flag down another bus 30 minutes later. Realising it was nearly 1pm by this point and knowing the zoo closed at 5pm I did not want to rush my visit so decided on moving that to tomorrow.
Once arriving in the city I popped into the visitor centre and gathered yet more leaflets. I came across the Lucky Shag bar so I headed there for a spot of lunch, partly due to the novelty of the name but also because it had been recommended to me by the English couple on the Margaret River wine tour! Had a pint* whilst waiting (40 minutes!) for my chicken parmi which was fine, it's kind of hard to screw up a chicken parmi, lucky for me I guess.
Feeling full I ambled off around the city and made my way up the steep hills to King's Park. I walked around the edge of the park admiring the views of Swan River against the backdrop of the city's skyline, all set against a wonderfully blue sky. I didn't venture further in as my phone battery was running dangerously low (surprise surprise) so I started to make my way back to the Merriam's. Having had such an epic failure with the buses earlier I decided to walk, which I was happy to do in the hopes that it would burn off my lunch.
I got back and we opened the Merlot I had got them, which they had seemed surprised and grateful for, and it actually turned out to be pretty decent. Probably as it's from New Zealand. Majo had cooked a lovely chicken roast which I devoured two plates of, naturally. A day full of ups and downs!
*Pint = cider