Sunday, June 27, 2010

Any of you play the didge?

So I spent the last two days walking. No joke, both days. On Saturday me, Rory and Brian decided to go to South Perth for the day instead of Yanchep because the train was down this weekend and it would have taken a lot of money in taxi fares to get there. So we went to the Zoo on saturday which was really cool since they had an entire section dedicated to Australian animals. So we got to see wombats, numbats, kangaroos, koalas, and some other neat stuff you can see in my pictures. Oh, I uploaded them on picasa so if you don't have Facebook you can look at them as well. See them here. I probably won't comment on them there though since thats a lot like work. I might if I get adventurous. So anyways the zoo was probably the best zoo I have ever been to. All the animals were right in the open. Some of the animals were inside a giant cage that you went into. Just out in the open. Like if you wanted you could try to run an catch one, you could. We had a good laugh at some poor soul when a kangaroo tried to run him over. Well anyways, after a long day at the zoo we went and looked at Perth from across the river and that was very pretty. I also took the ferry back home which was probably the lest efficient option but the most fun.

On Sunday we went to Freemantle, the port city of Perth, known affectionately around here as "Freo". We were all supposed to meet at 12 a restaurant in town, but we all showed up at different times. I actually got to the city about 11:30 but due to my poor map reading skills and the half hour it took before I realized my map was upside down, I got to the restaurant about 12:15. We ate a place called Kaili's and ate there fish n chips. It was fantastic. We then walked around the city for a little bit, exploring the old prison house and maritime museum. Both were pretty neat and had a lot of old history to them. We then went to the markets, which is basically the jockey lot with more Asian stuff and lots of Tarot card readers. I was impressed because usually I am a sucker for neat trinkets, and I din't buy anything. I'm having a hard time finding what I would classify as neat souvenirs for people. Everything here worth taking back is one: made of wood, which is a no-no for customs or two: ridiculously expensive. You would not believe how much stuff costs here. I don't know how people do it. We then left the markets and wandered into a shop called Didgeriddo Breath which was an experience. We were greeted by what I imagine as the spokesperson for the legalization of marijuana. He greeted us with "insert generic stereotypical Jamaican greeting said in an Australian accent" which just sounded absurdly amazing. After realizing none us actually knew what he said he asked "So any of you play the didge?" To which we responded in nervous giggling. I mean seriously, how many people would actually answer yes to that question? Yes, I play the didgeridoo. It just so happens that I am what you call an expert. I have a black belt in didgeridoo. As a matter of fact, they named it after me, Moose Didgeridoo, nice to me you. For those of you wondering, a didgeridoo is a long hollowed out piece of wood that you essentially spit in to while making funny noises with your lips and it makes a really low, quite annoying sound. I think it is native to Australia and the aborigines. Well after leaving the store and clearing my nostrils and head of left over "herbal remedies" floating around in the store, we decided to walk back to the coast and catch some dinner. On the way we encountered one of the most awful street performers I have ever had the displeasure of coming across. He was dressed as a purple pirate with a feathered cap. He was badgering the crowd with some terrible jokes (I mean terrible) trying to lead up to a sword swallowing. So he claimed he was going to light a sword on fire and swallow it, but what it essentially came down to was he lit the handle on fire and swallowed the rest. The end result was not nearly worth the ear-butchering I received from his foul attempt at humor. After a little more aimless wandering through the city, we finally made it to dinner. We ate at Cicerellos and watched the sunset over the harbor. I wanted swordfish but the lady talked me into red snapper, which was good. We then headed home. I hopped on the bus an made it to the city of Perth just in time to miss the last bus back to Crawley (where I live), so I was stuck taking a taxi. I'll remember for next time that traveling on Sundays with public transportation is not the easiest or best thing to do.
So as for my next travels I don't know what I should do. I have several options.
1. Go to AQWA (Aquarium Western Australia). This is supposed to be a fantastic aquarium with most viewing from an underwater tunnel.
2. Go to Yanchep national Park. There a kangaroos and koalas and underground caves and such.
These are the two smaller trips. I also have enough money for one big trip. I can go to:
1. Margaret River Valley. They have really sweet adventures such as walking in treetops 40 meters up or exploring old caves and such.
2. Exploring Pinnacles parks. Looks pretty fun

I was also thinking about going to Bali. Vote in the comments for where you think I should go. Anyways thanks for reading mate and keep in touch. And remember that are two types of people in this world, didgeridoo's and didgeridont's


p.s. I saw a sign today that said 50% off Ham and Turkey! It's like Christmas in Winter!


  1. Moose! :)
    I enjoy reading your updates from Australia...glad you're having a good time!

    My votes: Either Valley of the Giants and/or the Aquarium. Can't wait for more pictures...and their captions.

  2. Christmas is in Winter...I'm confused

  3. I vote for the Aquarium and Bali. I am SOOOO jealous!!