Arrival in Australia
Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
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Had a brief two hour stopover in Hong Kong. That airport is rediculous! I have included an a pic attempting to demonstrate the fact that it just went on for miles.
When I arrived in Perth one of the first things anyone said to me was something about a 'baby'. Due to the lady's strong Australian accent I didn't quite catch what she said at first. Is it really terrible that I immediately assumed that before the word 'baby' she had said 'A DINGO ATE MY...'? Not exactly what she had said...
By the time I made it to my hostel it was midnight and straight to bed. All I noted in the taxi from the airport was the amount of palm trees everywhere - this was promising. Also, everyone in the suburbs of Perth seem to live in largely hideously decorated bungalows. Its like being in some sort of flamboyant episode of Neighbours.
Today I went for an explore of the city. I had to do boring things like buy an Australian mobile phone and such so I headed down to the shopping district. I must have had 'tourist' written across my face because an old man felt the need to explain to me how the shopping mall worked. Apparently escalators take you up to the next level, who would have thunk it?!
Spent the afternoon at the park which was awesome! You can see the whole city and the river/marina area from up there. Went on a guided walk thing through the botanical gardens. Wasn't the most exciting thing ever but hey it was free!!
Tonight I shall mainly be repacking as I had a massive freak out looking for my adaptor plug and took EVERYTHING out of my carefully packed bags (found it!) and my shampoo has exploded for the second time. Its all in an attempt to live up to my name of 'Calamity Catherine' of course.
I am incredibly excited for the arrival of my travel buddy for the next two weeks, and real life Australian, Nicole Hogan. Big Hogan (or BH), as she is known, is due late this evening arriving from Sydney
The calamitous factor is only likely to increase with the arrival of BH as she is equally as incompetent as me, if not more so, of retaining hold of her possesions and generally manages to do daft things. I often seem to be on the recieving end of these daft things, for example I was repeatedly awoken in the night whilst travelling in Ireland with BH due to her throwing things at me from the top bunk. She claims it was an accident but the books and boxes of tissues that came flying at my head did so with such force that I still suspect there was malice behind those actions...Suffice to say I will be avoiding sleeping on a bunk bed below her on this trip as much as possible.
Also, this trip I will be attempting to get BH to say as many stereotypical Australian things as possible. Previous examples have been 'daggy' and 'bloody oath woman'. BH likes to pretend she doesn't have a very strong Australian accent but I know that she is secretly a massive 'bogan'.
Tomorrow we shall be setting off on a trip up the coast of Western Australia on a six day tour bus trip type of thing. Its gonna be bloody awesome; lots nice beaches, snorkelling, kayaking, national park visits etc etc!
In summary: I am still having trouble beleiving I am really here! And everyone speaks funny. Someone actually said 'darta' instead of 'data' to me today!