A big day out in Perth!

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The twins in the pool.

We finished up all the things we wanted to do in Sydney, taking our last walk around the harbour and seeing Sean and Jolean from our old house, and flew to Perth the 30th January for the next leg of our trip.  The flight was 5 hours long, which would get you all the way across Europe back home but just from one side of Oz to the other here.  The journey was fine, apart from our headphones not working so we had no movie to enjoy.  We landed in Perth ahead of schedule and turned our clock back the two hours needed as thats the time difference between Sydney and Perth.  We had a pick up by our hostel and so waited the 45 minutes for them to come and we were on our way to our hostel for a least 3 nights.

Emily.
 

The lady taking us was really nice, giving us lots of hints and tips on Perth and finding work here.  She talked to us about the heat, and told us it had been 42 degrees just a couple of days before on Australia day.  Yikes!  It was a 'cool' 32 that day so we had noting to worry about.  We were shown around our hostel by a really over eager Dave, who was clearly bored, or he just liked telling everyone how to work showers and store things in a fridge.  We escaped his grasp after half and hour and left our crowded 8 person dorm for the safety of some nearby shops, having a tasty kebab in a nearby cafe area.  We headed back to the hostel but on seeing the city's skyscrapers just a 20 minute walk away we headed into town, passing the pub and club district and eventually the city centre itself.

The boys having fun.
  We took in the job agencys and other useful stops for the next day before going to a tiny art house cinema to watch 'Happy feet', which was great and only cost us 6 dollars (about 2.40 pounds!). 

The next moring we woke as early as our jet lag would allow and headed for the agencies we had seen the day before, ending up having a fairly unproductive day all in all but they happen sometimes.  The next day was much better, we got to one called the travellers contact point where they advertise work for backpackers.  We had read a little about country bar work, where you get sent to the country to work in an out of the way bar, and you get money, room and board for doing so.  They are a good chance to earn some money, as the pay is alright and there's not much to do while your living there.

Morgan...or Alex?
  

We asked about this as I can't teach here for at least 8 weeks while her registration goes through, the wages for any office work John would do aren't great, and we could really use a chance to boost our funds.  The lady at the counter had one position left, and it sounded great to us.  The pay was a very decent 20 dollars an hour, the work was simple bar and waitering work (which I sort of lied about and said I had experience in!), and it was in a 3 1/2 star hotel which would give us all our meals included (from the restaurant) and would only charge 60 dollars each a week rent in a private room, that's less than 24 pounds a week each!  They also have a minimum of 40 hours a week and more than likely plenty of overtime, as well as a refund of our flights to the hotel if we stayed 3 months.

Alex..or Morgan?
  So as far as money making oppourtunities go it was a chance to have enough money to cover the rest of the trip, and then some.  The only downside is the hotel is in Port Hedland, which is a little bit out side Perth.  1800 Kms to be exact!  Its a small mining port town of a supposed 15000 (although, we have been told to expect less than half that number!), with only one or two shops, no bars to speak of other than the hotels and nothing else really.  We were well warned by the person interviewing us of just what to expect, a small, ugly, red mining town, but she did say that everyone she sent there saved a packet, so we were in.  We got offered the job the same day as the interview, and so we are flying up tomorrow, which is Friday the 9th.
Emily having a swimming time!
 

Since then we have stayed at my cousins, Dawn, to stay with her and her family.  We arrived last friday and we will be leaving one week on.   We have had a great time with them, her house is really nice, and we have spent most of the week playing in the pool with her boys, twins Morgan and Alex (9 years old), and daughter Emily (10 years old), and going out with her eldest Chris (18 years old) and having a few beers with her boyfriend Brett, a Kiwi.  We have been eating like kings and enjoying the privacy of our own room for only the second time in six months, a real treat. 

On Sunday we went to the 'Big Day Out', a one day concert held every year here, and we saw Eskimo Joe, Evermore, My Chemical Romance, Jet, Kasabian, Muse and my favourites The Killers.

Swimming in the pool
  After the festival we went to watch the rugby with Chris, which kicked off at midnight here, turning up at a pub called Rosie O'Grady's which had advertised the game, but when we turned up the pub was closing at 11!  But it turns out only that part of the pub was closing and we were directed to what looked like a night club part which had a big screen on, and there were at least 400 or 500 Irish, Welsh and Scottish all enjoying Celtic playing and waiting for the Wales Vs Ireland game.  The atmosphere was great and so was the game, the result being as it should have at the end with Ireland running away with it 19 - 9. 

We haven't done much else all week, just a trip to the local beaches and harbour with Dawn and to a local park with Chris which had awesome views of Perth city, then for a beer at a waterside bar.

John playing with the twins in the pool
  We have both really enjoyed our time here, having the normallity of family life for a bit and some great home cooking. After only one night in Dawn's house we both understood for the first time why so many people want to emigrate to Australia, and never leave when they do.  Perth is great too, the choice and convenicence of a big city but the feel of a smaller, friendlier town.  We look forward to coming back. 

So, now it's off to dusty, red Port Hedland where we both learn some new tricks and hopefully get the funds we need to finish this trip off in style!

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The twins in the pool.
The twins in the pool.
Emily.
Emily.
The boys having fun.
The boys having fun.
Morgan...or Alex?
Morgan...or Alex?
Alex..or Morgan?
Alex..or Morgan?
Emily having a swimming time!
Emily having a swimming time!
Swimming in the pool
John playing with the twins in th…
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