You have to love Sydney. After an uneventful flight, in a state of joy to be nearly home, Sydney decided to do trackwork on the Eastern Suburbs line so I had to battle the elegance of the bus system while laden with my bags to get myself home. I was buggered by the end and, after dumping everything and reconnecting the laptop, fell onto my bed and straight to sleep.
I started this holiday diary with a list so let’s end with another. What have I learnt?
I’ve learnt that:
- The capital of Western Australia is Perth.
- Perth’s official symbols are the numbat (animal), the black swan (bird) and the green and red kangaroo paw (flower). No idea what the fish is.
- Perth has an excellent public transport system, though services tend to fun infrequently.
- Jäger bombs will kill you.
- Outside of Rottnest Island, no-one gives two shits about quokkas. There is not a single postcard, small fluffy figurine or fridge magnet bearing its cute face anywhere on the Mainland, even at the zoo, which doesn’t have a quokka.
- Quokkas are best served braised.
- No-one who lives in Perth have ever rung the bell.
- Food is shockingly expensive. So’s the wine, which reminds me…
- Margaret River thinks itself too snooty to produce quaffable wine. It leaves that to the Barrossa Valley.
- Nothing, I repeat, nothing happens in Perth on a Sunday night.
- Surfers are sexy.
- Gay culture in Perth leaves a lot to be desired.
- People wearing face masks look stupid (at Perth aiport a handful of Asians were walking around wearing masks. Eveyone else just looked bemused though occasionally someone would cough in their direction just so they felt like they were getting their monies worth.
- A pint of beer is a lot of beer.
- K-mart is a very comforting place.
- Project Runway Australia could just possibly be the best show on television.
- You should never carry milk and eggs in a cheap backpack.
- Riding a bike is exactly like eating a banana riding a bike.
- Animals always move when you are trying to take their picture.
- Two and a half weeks is a long time.
- Relaxing is far more hard work than it should be.
- Perth is far more than two hours behind the rest of Australia.
- Everything tastes better with aioli.
- It’s nice to spend time with your family. Probably not a lot of time, but time none-the-less.
- The red-eye flight knocks it out of you.
- It’s not good to drink so much you can’t remember going to bed, even if that bed is just up the stairs.
- As much as I adore it, Cats is a bit naff.
- It’s good to come home.
Oh, I’ve also learnt through a hedonistic lifestyle of food, beer and wine of many years, not just the last two and a half weeks, I now weigh a very disturbing 90kgs. I’m a little frightened about this and need to loose 10kg before I can be happy. I’m afraid that it will be harder than I think.
Right, holiday’s done now. Time to go back to work.