Got up and ready early and caught the bus into the city (so the day was already more successful than yesterday), then navigated my way to Barrack Street jetty to catch the ferry across the river. It was a novel experience and a relaxing way for commuters to get to South Perth (or vice versa). It was a beautiful day and I was staring into the river as the bobbing of the ferry lulled me into a trance when I realised that there were HUNDREDS of jellies in the water. After a while I noticed I was absent mindedly scratching at my ankle...
$29 for entry and $1 for a map - not that I can read one (sorry Dave) but at least I can keep it as a souvenir. There were so many different species at the zoo. It was divided into sections per continent: African Savannah, Asian Rainforest, Australian Bushwalk and South American birds, as well as reptile and nocturnal houses. It was all really well laid out and there was lots of information about each species. I was particularly in awe of the rhinos that were there, as I had not seen one in Africa. Speaking of which, experiencing an African safari and being able to witness giraffe, zebra, lions, African wild dogs and elephants in the wild basically ruined the African exhibit for me. Safari 1-0 Zoo. There's nothing quite like seeing herds of wildebeest sweeping across the plain...
As I mentioned, I was very pleased to see rhinos at the zoo and in a conservation programme, but there were also hyenas there which I didn't see in Botswana. Safari 1-1 Zoo. The sight of guinea fowls had me in fits of giggles as they cavorted around, and they looked possibly even more ridiculous close up. However, unaccompanied by Gao saying 'excuse me guineas' made it slightly less hysterical. Safari 2-1 Zoo.
It was a shame that the otters and quokkas were not on display but the tigers definitely made up for it. They were magnificent. It was difficult to get a good picture as they were pacing around their exhibits and did not seem to want to pose for the camera. All in all it took about 3 and a half hours to see everything at the zoo, which may have taken a bit longer had it not been for the screaming school children running amuck and severely testing my patience. I headed back to the jetty to catch the ferry to the city.
I was back at the dock waiting for the ferry to arrive when my ankle was well and truly driving me loopy by this point. As I was scratching away I noticed that it was feeling really bumpy, so removing my sock and shoe I was horrified to discover that my jelly sting was well and truly flared up with a vengeance, and looking even more grim and menacing than it had done after the initial sting! Grabbed a wrap in the city and headed back home where I got ready for my last visit to Fremantle and Laurie.
Majo very kindly dropped me at the bus stop so I got to Fremantle with enough time to go and pick up a thank you card. Met Laurie by her work and headed onto the strip to find a nice place to eat. We decided on Monk Brewery and were pleased to find out it was happy hour and $7 for a glass of wine. We were then promptly told happy hour was up and so we got a bottle as well! I had the prawn gnocchi for dinner as I hadn't had it before, and safe to say I probably won't again. We then chatted as though our lives depended on it, so much so that come closing time we were the only ones left and had to be asked to leave. Oops.
Neither wanting to say au revoir just quite yet we made it just in time to the bottle shop across the road and grabbed another bottle and headed back to the hostel for our last hurrah. We discussed life and travels and when she was planning on leaving WA to head east, and then said our final heartfelt goodbyes.
Until we meet again, my dear friend...