The view from King's Park
Since today was a little less hot, or perhaps my blood has created an internal air conditioner Elise and I were able to go out and explore the city. In the morning we went over to King's Park... the greenest spot probably in Western Australia! It's a beautiful park with gorgeous flowers overlooking the river and the city of Perth. There they also have a war memorial which has this one oval and anywhere you sit on the oval you can wisper and the person at the other side will hear you which is really pretty cool. We made a wish in the wishing well and bought postcards from the Aboriginal Art museum. In the afternoon we went to the weekend markets in Freemantle. I really love Freemantle. From what Elise's friends say you either really warm up to it or don't like it.
make a wish
It is a lot like Wellington with a bit of a hippie vibe. There were markets and street performers and I finally bought a new baithing suite. That afternoon marked my very first Australian/ New Zealand style 21st.... where people get dressed up and make big speeches about each other. The parents fund the party for the most part... some people rent out places, others just have it at home and all the drinks and food for the night are provided. It was a fun atmosphere and definately a really nice tradition... though as with most friends who are the same age, in a span of about 6-7 months EVERYONE turns 21... which means there are a lot of these parties to go to. Elise and I will be attending three in the two weeks that I am here. It was a fun night and nice to get dressed up and pretty after my month of no hair dryers and clean clothes in New Zealand.