Today, I spent the day in Freo as they call it over here..
I spent most of my time in the prison, doing two tours. At first I did the doing time tour, showing you what the prison was like when it was first used for the convicts and later on the ‘normal’ prisoners. Some of the places there were really gripping, especially the gallows room (where they hung 44 people) had a bit of a strange atmosphere for me.. I wasn’t freaked out or anything, it just felt a bit different. Now whether it was me doing it to myself or the room, I don’t know.
After that first tour I went for a bite to eat and then on to the shipwreck museum with the remains of a few Dutch VOC ships, among them the Batavia, of which I have seen the replica they built over in the Netherlands. It was cool seeing the real thing (or what was left of it anyway). After the Round House I went back to the prison and did the tunnels tour, which was really awesome. The prisoners dug nearly a kilometre of tunnels undernetah the hill the prison’s on and you can go down them via a 20 metre ladder, walk (or rather crouch) through the tunnels then get on a boat and go through some of the tunnels
It was really, really worth it and I had a great day.. (only the bloody bus going back sure took it’s time getting there!!)
After a quiet day yesterday, just hanging round the house and my friendsgoing to their parents and stuff.. Today we went to the Maritine Museum in Freemantle. That was a cool little place to go and look at.
That’s the one thing that struck me so far about the place.. The museums here (at least the ones I’ve been to) aren’t all that big. Maybe I’m spoiled with the Dutch and English ones I’ve been to (esp. the Science museum in London, I love that place)
Tomorrow I’ll be traipsing around Freemantle some more on my own, going to the jail, the old dutch shipwrecks and just wander about town
Pictures from today will go up together with those of tomorrow probably
Over the last three days my friends took me down South to a gorgeous area of Western Australia which has some very nice rolling landscapes, vineyards, absolutely gorgeous coast lines and some tasty treats as well!
It was the first holiday for my friends’ kids away from home and they had a blast as well, they were pretty tired by the time we got home but a good time was had by all!
Nearly 4 hours waiting (big tail wind on the flight) for the next flight
Another 5 hours flying
Then after that, I got out of the airport and met my friend (with a huge hug!!) for the first time round 15:30 local time. We got her kids back in the car and drove back to their place, about 30 minutes (I think) where I met her husband. We chatted for a bit and then had dinner (Chinese) and we talked some more untill I was about to crash. When they turned in, I just hit the computer for a short while to catch up on my mail, but round 22:00 it was over and out for me.. I slept till round 5-ish and after that I was in and out of sleep till about 9 when I got out.
My friend was just going out with the kids to playgroup and she’ll be back in about 1.5 hours. Gives me some time to check my mail, update this, get my clothes sorted and all that..
No pics as of yet.. (apart from a few of the plane and KL airport
I made it, tired as heck, but I got here. Flights were all pretty smooth, apart from some turbulance here and there and low clouds (bad visibility) I’m very happy to finally be here and meet her after talking virtually for such a long time. No awkwardness at all, though I did have some butterflies just before meeting up at last. My brain isn’t running on al cylinders at the moment, so I’ll keep it brief for now.
Well, Ive arrived safely in Kuala Lumpur after an okay flight, bumpy occasionally and not much to eat but lunch and breakfast (in that order yes!!).. So I hit the Burger King for a Whopper.. I just needed to eat something..
In little over an hour I’ll be off to Perth for the second leg of my journey! I can’t wait to get there..
7 days to go till I’ll be going on holiday to Australia..
This last week’s gonna be a slow one I fear, I’m all set apart from getting the Aussie dollars. I can’t wait anymore till I finally get to go. I’ve been looking forward to it for so long, and now it’s finally almost there!