Grateful

Finishing up in Perth, walking one more time around the city, From Northbridge down near Yanan Square, following King Street to the Rio Tinto Building, over bridges to Elizabeth Quay, then over to Barrack Square,  back through London Court, taking the new connecting bridges from Carillon City to Forrest Chase Square to Perth Train Station to the Art Gallery of WA (Western Australia – Not WA (和) the Japanese cultural concept of “harmony”).

November has been cold for Perth, one of the coldest on record.  Last year, we experienced one of the coldest Octobers on record.  I guess we are just lucky.  Nothing even close to freezing, but most places are set up for sizzling summers in 35-40 deg C range (95-105 deg F).

One last restaurant to try was the Annalakshmi on the Swan at Barrack Square by Elizabeth Quay. It overlooks the harbor, serves Indian buffet everyday. Patron’s pay what they feel. I just took a small spoonful to taste and yet was stuffed. Walked all the way up to Northbridge afterward.

This place exists in a central tourist spot with a beautiful view. Knowing that there is a place like this just inspires me.  I was happy to pay what I felt.

 

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Simple Vegan fare with Cumin Water
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Coffee and a pudding overlooking the Red Baron biplane

 

 

More Gardens, More Parks

One of the delights of Perth is coming across private homes with stunning gardens.  Marvelous is the word that comes to my mind looking at the stunning colors and the detailed planning and cultivation. Here are highlights of our last few days that were favored with some clear blue skies.

Besides catching the free CAT blue line bus in Russell Square, we wandered around the waterfront between Elizabeth Quay, the Convention Center, and Barack Square and Jetty.

The bleak environment of Heirisson Island is a contrast to the gardens.  We walked the entire island in late morning.  It may be possible to see Kangaroos in the reserve earlier in the day.

 

 

Perth: What’s not to Love

Two weeks in our neighborhood discovering.  Every walk is an adventure.

We stay in a converted brewery that is a 20 min walk to Hyde Park.  Other directions take us to Stuart Street Reserve, Ivy Park, or Russell Square. The free CAT buses are really convenient.  Sometimes we walk out and take a short bus trip home.

 

The streets are filled with interesting art and unique coffee shops.

Here are links to some of our favorites:

Places that we enjoyed twice:

And finally, one of the best natural food stores in the world:

Kakulas Brothers has bulk foods that allow us to purchase just what we need for our limited time at very reasonable prices, better than many popular grocery stores.

What’s not to love?

 

 

 

 

Catching up in Perth

We flew to Australia from Singapore on Scoot Airlines. We caught up with Daughter who arrived in Perth from Cairns a few hours before us. It is the third time for us in Perth so I’m searching for the unique

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Perth, Western Australia, trying to catch up.

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2013 Chinese New Year Greetings from Minnesota

After Doha, Qatar and Busto Arsizio, Italy, we were back in Kuala Lumpur a couple of weeks before Chinese New Year.

Wherever Wife and I find ourselves at the time of the Lunar New Year, we try to celebrate locally and connect together over the Internet. The last time Wife, Daughter, and I celebrated together in the same physical location was 2013, in snowy Bloomington, Minnesota.

 

As Daughter was still in Perth, we booked three weeks from Feb 9 to March 2 on the West Side of Perth just across from Kings Park, near the Sticky Beaks cafe. It was just wonderful.  Daughter and friend from the Hostel hung out in our place and helped lug groceries back, occasionally cooking for us.  Wife and I set out on walking adventures up and down the Swan River using the free CAT buses. There is so much to see and do. We ventured down to Crawley, wandered through the University of Western Australia on orientation weekend, crisscrossed Kings Park discovering different venues, toured the state parliament, participated in driverless vehicle demo near St. James Mitchell Park in South Perth, exercised up and down Jacob’s Ladder, and followed the parks and green areas all the way up to East Perth.

 


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Friday, Feb 16 is the official first day of Chinese New Year.  The following Sunday in the North Bridge district of Perth, there was a huge Lunar New Year Festival with Lion Dances, Street Stalls and Performances, and mobs of people.  We joined in.

Travel Details:

We flew AirAsia Kuala Lumpur to Perth.  Their schedule has changed from our trip in September.  Instead of leaving in the morning and arriving in Perth in the afternoon, we flew at midnight, arriving around 7 am.

Our AirBnB was located near the corner of Outram and Ord. The ground floor apartment turned out to be quiet and surprisingly private.  This picture captures some of the magic.

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Now in May, we have visited a few more magical places ready for more misplaced maps.

Spearwood AUdventure, mate

Right now, I am in Bali sitting at the edge of a rice paddy looking over coconut, banana, and papaya trees.  This makes it difficult to think about moving on to our next destination, even finding it hard to believe it is Monday.  The vivid memories of our stay in Australia blur in recollection. We spent a week in Perth and then moved down south to the suburb of Spearwood for a month.  Spearwood is best experienced with a car, but we managed quite well with buses.  This allowed us to explore other neighborhoods of Fremantle, Rockingham, and pop into Perth and Northbridge on the train to have lunch with Daughter.  One weekend, we rented a car and drove up north to explore Stromatolites and Thrombolites of Lake Thetis near Cervantes, the Pinnacles of Nambung National Park, the white sand dunes of Lancelin, and the Australia flora and fauna at Yanchep National Park.

My dilemma as always is how to choose the pictures that best capture our adventure

We were lucky enough to see Koalas, Kangaroos, and Emus all in native habitat.

Everywhere there seemed to be interesting street art along with a wonderful Art Center in Fremantle.