45 minutes behind schedule and feeling slightly tired after a 10.5 hour night flight we arrived in another new city, Perth; Western Australia; in continent two. (please ensure that reads in continent two and not incontinent too!).
The relief of finding a country where the people are happy to help and understand every utterance we make is massive and despite our luggage being literally last off the plane, we made it through customs without any hitches. What? No hitches you may ask? I'm afraid not.. I do however have our journey story as per usual though!
As I said yeserday we had managed to get ourselves some nice extra legroom seats which made things very good indeed. We had, however, unbeknown to us also found ourselves sitting beside Peter Plenty Pockets. Now, prior to this trip I had no knowledge of this minor celebrity, but was soon to understand why he got the nickname (since I had given him it!). I have seen people who wear cargo trousers. I have seen people who wear cargo shirts, and I have even seen people who dress like a fisherman and wear cargo waistcoats. I have never seen someone before today however wear all of these together! As if this was not bad enough, Pete as we shall call him, would appear to be at that stage of life where he both forgets things and also needs to take a few pills to help him keep ticking over. Not a problem to me.. Sadly a problem to him though.. 'Pete, have you taken your pill?' asked his wife Rose before his meal. You can work out the answer I was dreading.. 'Not yet dear'. It came! Now, which pocket did I put them in? was clearly the thought going through his mind as he started to fumble through his approximately 74 pockets. Around half way he clearly forgot what he was doing, and following a prompt from Rose, started again. Elbows flying left, right and centre. Kept him amused I suppose, but not ideal when trying to get some shut-eye!
Arriving in Perth we transferred to our hotel and after fluking a remarkably early check in (at 8am - a good 6 hours before check-in was allowed!) we caught some extra sleep and freshened up, ready for the day ahead.
As Simon and Betty (friends from my Aberdeen days) now live in the city, we met up with them for a whistle-stop tour of the area and quickly found ourselves down at Cottesloe beach for a walk in the sun and lunch overlooking the sand. Good to meet up with friends and get the chance to speak to someone else for a change.. (not that we have fallen out. No reading between the lines here. It'a a blog!) The place was excellent, and the company and food were top notch.
In the afternoon, we went to an Aussie Rules Football match to see the Freemantle Dockers (the equivalent of St Mirren?) take on the Melbourne Demons (the equivalent of Partick Thistle?).. Quality game all in! Good action sport even if the rules seem a bit funny and the referees are more like amateur dramaticists! A good day out was had by all and given the final result which saw Freo win only their second game of the season, the mood in the stadium was as electric as it gets.
After saying goodbye to Simon and Betty it's back to the hotel to properly catch up on some Z's and look forward to a good action packed day tomorrow in the different heat which Perth has to offer. (1 degree when we landed! Oh dear! Jackets out!)
L & A