Perth 2nd - 4th May 2008
Well, we woke up in typical fashion - late! Bad start. Also, with the realisation that I (Sue-Ellen) left my handbag at work the previous day I guess things weren't looking great. But once we got to Manchester airport things we're looking up and the excitement kicked in. Mini-monkey was excited too. (See pics).
The flight was typically long and uneventful, but we watched plenty of films, which was great. The stop-over in Singapore allowed for some last minute duty free shopping incl. a new Dior red lipstick. After being called sir twice on the flight over, I'd come to the realization that my new short haircut may not be making me look oh so feminine, so the lipstick would surely help? We had a drink at the airport Hard Rock Café and had a picture opportunity with some coy carp fish.
Once arriving at Perth airport we were greeted by Mark and Sarah. It was really great to see them again and they looked like they had adapted well to Australian life. On the way back to their house we drove through Perth city centre and saw the view from Kings Park. I always knew that Perth was lovely from my last trip, but time had made me forget just how lovely it was. The weather was warm, the sun was out, the sky was blue, the river was glistening and it was so peaceful and clean. I'd forgotten how amazing this place was and why so many people emigrate over here. That night we went for some food and bevies. We also walked past a drive-thru liquor store (!?!).
The following day, after sleeping for over 12 hours, we made our way into Fremantle, which is where we used to live when we were over here last time. It's a quaint little town on the coast of Perth and it's full of street performers, café's and quirky little shops. Apart from enjoying the area, the main purpose for our visit was the purchase of some typical Aussie hats for our hikes. I also bought some Poi to practice in my spare time. That evening we stopped by City Beach for a look. We didn't go into the see as we only popped by, but I tested the water and it was frickin' cold! That evening we went for a meal to a Mexican with a friend of Mark and Sarah's.
Tomorrow was our really long trip to Kalbarri and the jet lag finally kicked in. We didn't sleep that night.