So we’re back from Perth and it was great to go away on holiday and be away from work for one week. Today was a bit of a shock being back at work and I found out that my voicemail said I’d be back on 21 January, not 21 July. Talk about wishful thinking!
I’ve mentioned earlier that I’d never been to Perth before. It’s hard not to go past all the construction that’s happening in Perth – the parts of it I saw anyway. I have a photo somewhere of the CBD and we counted about eight cranes scattered across the city. The mining boom is having repercussions in the building industry that’s for sure.
We stayed in a backpackers for a few nights and a couple of people staying there worked in the mines. Why you’d want to stay in a backpackers during your one or two weeks off escapes me as they’re not really restful places. We had a double room with an ensuite and unfortunately it was right in the middle of the backpackers (an old house) and not far from the kitchen so we got the kitchen noise at night and from people getting up at 5am for work. As it was only for a short time I put up with it and there were benefits.
JJ made friends with nearly everyone, provided entertainment, and annoyed them with requests to play Uno with him. We were lucky that I found a clean and family friendly place (family friendly was on my criteria list and this backpackers was about the only one I could find).
We were also fortunate that it was near the free bus that Perth Transit puts on. Their free bus system is fantastic. Apart from our time in Fremantle at the beginning and one other public transport trip, we didn’t pay for public transport at all. I was also really impressed with the trains. They’re frequent and they’re clean. So unlike the Adelaide trains.
Unfortunately it rained a fair bit which put a dampener (pardon the awful pun) on our holiday a little bit and I had to buy JJ a pair of waterproof shoes because the sneakers I took for him got wet really easily and were quite uncomfortable for him.
I took heaps of photos while away and will be posting them over the next little while along with our travel tales.
I’m already thinking about the next holiday we can take together.
I hope you enjoyed Perth, regardless of the fact that we showed you our worst week of cold, wet weather!
Glad you had a good time!
Backpackers are great spots to stay. I can imagine that JJ was quite a hit, UNO requests or not.
M&B – yes we did enjoy Perth despite the mostly crappy weather. When it wasn’t raining at least the sun was out and I found it milder than in Adelaide.
Jeanie, JJ was quite a hit. Now if I can just get him not to ask how you say vagina in different languages I’ll be right!