Perth

I was gifted the most useful travel gift a short person could receive.

It’s something an average height-ed individual might not understand. When they side shuffle down the aisle of the airplane and squeeze into the airplane seat, they might be concerned about the clearance between their knees and the seat back in front of them. Worried the passenger in front might dare to recline their seat at 30,000 feet. That’s not my problem. On long flights, my feet don’t touch the ground. Seat belted in, my feet dangle uncomfortably, putting strain on my back and cutting off circulation in my legs. But my last trip was much easier thanks to this most wonderful invention! And it didn’t involve me propping my dirty feet on my back pack.

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But before I dwell on “it’s the journey, not the destination,” let me introduce you to another capital city.

DSCN2911DSCN2906Perth is the capital of Western Australia. It’s not nearby to many other cities, in fact, it’s on the other side of the dry, arid land mass called Australia. But it’s worth the trip! It’s a beautiful city, and lots to do! I only wish we could have stayed longer. There are heaps of beaches facing the great Indian Ocean, but the threat, however minor, of sharks did keep us shore side. There were a lot more parks around Perth than I expected and it was quite a green place!

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We were lucky to spend some time at the newly built up waterfront in downtown. Elizabeth Quay offered a great place to hang out, get some gelato, a drink or dinner and enjoy Swan River. They had some funky art, a mini-golf space, and boat parking if you’re lucky enough to come by water. You could always hire some time on one of the many sea faring vessels if you were so obliged.

Further along Swan River there were plenty of walking paths and it was great to see people out and about enjoying the sunny weather.

DSCN2986But what are cities for if not for a coming together of people? We stopped by Freemantle Market in the Freemantle area. A buzzing market offering a great selection of food and wares. Whether you’re after a donut and burger or some Kangaroo jerky, they had a good variety of stalls. We even picked up some meat and veggies for dinner that night at a reasonable price. They had some touristy stalls, like the boomerang and ugg shop, but looked like some small businesses as well. It wasn’t quite as large as Victoria Market in Melbourne, but it was still a great place to visit.

There are so many day trips and over night trips not far from Perth, but alas, we just didn’t have the time for a solid explore. It only means we’ll have to go back again soon!

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