Getting back to the scene of the crime

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Central business disrict in Perth down at the river.

I had not travelled much ten years ago - I had never left the safety of Europe - that being west Europe - the wild east was just too wild. But then I finally got time off for a long period of time and I had some money. Now the time had come for me to explore the globe. And my choice ended with Australia. The first destination I would go to would be Perth. The capital of Western Australia and the most isolated million people city in the world.


And I loved travelling around OZ - and right then I caught a nasty bug. It’s a bug which will consume a lot of time and a huge chunk of your cash - the travel bug. I never stop travelling ever since and now I am on my way back.

 

I want to go back to Western Australia to see if it is really as great a place as I remember it like. Or if I only really liked it because I had been nowhere else back then. I have a rough plan to go to some of the places I been before to revisit and preferably go a bit further in depth this time around. And I have made some extensive studies of the country before leaving home. To know all about the local culture and etiquette I decided it would be time to rewatch Crocodile Dundee I and II - I really couldn’t handle watching number III again. I probably already have some sort of record for the person seeing it most times - considering I watch it a second time - just to make sure if it is really such a bad movie as I thought in the first place - and it is.

 

One of the lesser joys of going to Australia is the trip down there. It takes forever - and ever - and ever. I leave from home on the 17th in the early evening. And thanks to 2 changes of planes and a 6 hour time difference I finally arrive in Perth the 19th. Ok it is still pretty early the 19th considering it is just 01.15 when I get through customs.

 

So now I am back in town and ready to see if it is all what I remembered it like. And it is Friday night but I think the crazy Friday night will have to wait to another Friday.

gimpel says:
West Australia is great.I like it!
Posted on: Aug 18, 2010
Biedjee says:
Congrats on yet another feature!
Posted on: Aug 06, 2010
RJ82 says:
congrats mickey!
Posted on: Aug 06, 2010
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Black Swan on Swan River

I am not getting a really early start today - it is somewhere between a late and a very late start. I start wondering around the city without really knowing where I am heading just having a new look at the city. It looks pretty much as I remembered it. I make it down to the river at the Swan bell which was donated to the city from the British because they couldn’t use it themselves. The clock is down at the big river.

 

The river is named Swan River. The river got its name because of the many swans living on the river. The swans here are not your regular swans - they are black. This is the only place in the world where they live in the wild. I get down to the river and down there is a couple of black swans - one half asleep on land and the other swimming just of the shore. The sleepy swan seems to be about to wake up and it takes to the river and the two swans starts to swim for a bit.

 

I continue my walk along the river until I get to the big park of the city - the Kings Park. I go into the park which consists of a big botanical garden focusing on Western Australian plants and an even bigger ordinary park attached to the botanical garden.

 

The sound in the park is unfamiliar - the local birds make different sounds than the birds at home. Most of the birds seem to be staying pretty high in the trees but a few ventures down in the flowers below. There are not a lot of flowers in the park this time of year where its midwinter - but apparently the park should be really nice during the summer.

 

I leave the park and make my way back towards the city. I wonder the main streets in the business district which are mainly dominated by modern buildings. But tucked away here and there are a few older buildings which have survived the modernization of the city. One place which has survived in its original form is the Supreme Court which is located down towards the river just across from the Swan Bell I went by earlier in the day. The central city is not that big - you will eventually end up making a circle if you wonder around for long enough. The same cannot be said for the suburbs of Perth. They will stretch out for miles and miles - making the city much larger than London if it comes to the amount of space the city takes up.

tj1777 says:
Yeah - but I dont think you really asked the question before you knew there was black swans ;)
Posted on: Aug 05, 2010
londonstudent says:
It's always fun when something that has been confidently declared impossible actually occurs :)
Posted on: Aug 05, 2010
tj1777 says:
yeah - otherwise we would never get an answer to the old question - are all swans white?
Posted on: Aug 05, 2010
Central business disrict in Perth …
Central business disrict in Perth…
The Swan Bell tower
The Swan Bell tower
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
The Swan Bell Tower
The Swan Bell Tower
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan at Swan River
Black Swan at Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River
Two black Swan on Swan River
Two black Swan on Swan River
Two black Swan on Swan River
Two black Swan on Swan River
Black Swan on Swan River and Perth…
Black Swan on Swan River and Pert…
Drying the wings down at the river
Drying the wings down at the river
Wings dry now
Wings dry now
Tree losing bark - melalucca tree?
Tree losing bark - melalucca tree?
Loosing bark
Loosing bark
Magpie
Magpie
Magpie catching food
Magpie catching food
Perth
Perth
Swan River
Swan River
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Baksia flower
Bird on Baksia flower
Bird on Baksia flower
Bird on Baksia flower
Bird on Baksia flower
Bird on Baksia flower
Bird on Baksia flower
Red Watthle Bird
Red Watthle Bird
Red Watthle bird
Red Watthle bird
Perth from Kings Park
Perth from Kings Park
Perth from Kings Park
Perth from Kings Park
Tree in the botanical garden in Ki…
Tree in the botanical garden in K…
Sourthern Perth
Sourthern Perth
Northern Perth
Northern Perth
Swan River
Swan River
The War memorial in Kings Park
The War memorial in Kings Park
Fig tree in Kings Park - originall…
Fig tree in Kings Park - original…
Fig tree in Kings Park - originall…
Fig tree in Kings Park - original…
Fig tree in Kings Park - originall…
Fig tree in Kings Park - original…
Old building in Perth
Old building in Perth
Old building in Perth
Old building in Perth
Old church
Old church
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court
The Catholic Cathedral at night
The Catholic Cathedral at night
Perth
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