The city of Perth has free WiFi everywhere! That’s one amazing fact about this place, but certainly not the last..wow.. We have been into Perth every day now since we arrived. This is now a cake walk finding our way around. Our goal is to find a kangaroo and maybe tie him down.. well maybe we will just sing that song to him.. quietly.
Our quest starts out well enough , meaning we make it into Perth without incident. The directions to Harrison island in the middle of the city under a causeway seem simple enough. Beware of simple.. and jovial bus drivers that have had bad divorces. Did I mention I was divorced .. dam!
Well he lets us off a mile from where we need to be.. of course we didn’t know that at the time. We are directionally challenged here in Aussie-laid, I think it has everything to do with driving on the wrong side of the road.
My girlfriend actually pulled me back onto the sidewalk when I mistakenly looked the wrong way.. I seen it was clear and headed out .. holy shit that was a close call as a car whizzes past me a second later. She is now responsible for me for life.. isn’t that how it works?
We walk for miles or so it seems.. he let us off in a pretty deserted district and said take a right then a left and follow your nose. He even went out of his way to drop us off, supposedly closer! I should have never told him I was happily divorced..
About an hour and asking two different sets of people for directions we finally find the dirt path that leads us to finding our roo! The city of Perth has seeded seven Kangaroos onto Harrison Island for dopey tourists like us that want to experience a kangaroo in the wild. We come across two of them and although shy at first they let us pet them, do not feed them.
Anyone can see them in a zoo or a wildlife habitat.. we prefer the natural surroundings in the middle of a city .. under a freeway. The walk back to catch a bus is simple, less than 10 minutes.. that bus driver probably deserved that ugly divorce, may he rot in … oops my outside voice again.
We are smiling and happy that we are back on track. The round about ride on this bus takes a different route and we admire all that Perth reveals to us. This city is perhaps the most visually pleasing city I have seen. The blend of the old and the new appeals to me..
The old buildings seem like they are new and every kind of architecture is represented. The way they are situated also seems like they have given birth to the new buildings rising into the sky at different angles and shapes. No twins or triplets here though, these are all individual buildings, related by the marriage of unsegregated beauty. I know I surprise myself even.. well it made sense to me when I wrote it.
I think I love this place and I could live here. I would have to give up drinking though (20 bucks for a soda) maybe food too hmmm.. na, guess we’ll have to leave after all. So this bus driver tells us to skip the cat bus and catch a different one, a shortcut he says. They have Cat buses that roam the city in different directions and you can hop on and off.. they are free too. Four colors distinguish which areas they travel in, Red Yellow Blue and Green.
This shortcut takes us almost out to Freemantle (we took it going the wrong way) so we add another two hours onto our bus riding journey (ok so maybe it was just over an hour more). Lets talk about the buses .. they are all free to everyone inside the city.
These buses are clean and open and bright and cheery and lots of room. They are easy to get on and off, even having a little hydraulic ramp for wheelchairs and baby strollers oh.. they are ALL wheel chair accessible !!
The bicycle traffic shares the wide sidewalks that are made for strolling and joggers and everyone! They all are fit here except me.. ah well, the price of food may have something to do with it. No drunks around either hahaha…
So we finally get on the right bus and we stop for supper at a place recommended by our bellman at our hotel. Two plates of spaghetti, garlic toast and a corona for my girlfriend (8.50 a bargain, for the beer) sixty dollars later, we are on our way home.
We are out of money and ready for bed.. a little side comment here. I read in todays paper that a senators son was put in jail for counterfeiting money. That got me to thinking.. na, but who can blame him, he was probably just hungry or liked to drink ..hmmm
To be continued