Wow! I have fallen in love… Perth is just amazing! We have packed so much into three days that is feels like two weeks.
The plane ride over was pretty uneventful. I had a bit of cry on the plane – something about being at 15,000 ft…. it gets me every time. I guess I needed the release, that and it’s been my first alone time since landing. I realize I constantly carry the conflicting emotions of sad, and very, overwhelmingly happy emotions. Where do I go from there? How can I hope to reach these strong levels of emotion again in my lifetime? Will I become more numb as I go? Will I find new levels of both happy and sad? I guess it will change. I will continue to experience life and, hopefully, find new layers of depth; grow older and wiser….
I have the feeling that I have, through the events of the last year and a half, become very attuned to what’s happening around me. I am maybe more sensitive, more empathetic…but in the same breath, I am seeing my life from the outside a little more.
I’m excited to travel, meet new people, connect, experience. I think my challenge will be to figure out how to personally invest in these events and interactions. Don’t get me wrong, when I am talking with someone, I am fully present. I feel like I may be looking through a third person’s eyes. I may be taking refuge in the safety of an ‘outside’ self as a way of self-preservation… I want to connect but I don’t think I have much of myself left to give. The parts that remain must be kept for myself.
I have loved and lost in a VERY extreme way. I am searching for emotions to counter-act my past experiences, no small feat…all this, without giving myself over in any substantial way.
mmhhh….that was a bit of a tangent.
On an entirely different note: my computer has a virus, and until I can clean it up, I have limited time on the Internet. This isn’t so bad is it? A major drawback is that I can’t post pictures…but I will get that sorted in the next week or so and then I will have some visuals to check out.
So what have we done in Perth so far? What haven’twe done?? I arrived at around noon on Tuesday. My friend Kim and I hopped in the van and headed north to her place. WE stopped and one of the countless beaches here on the west coast and I had my first swim in the Indian Ocean. From there we met up with her friend Jenny and drove up the coast to Yanchep National Park. Wrapped around a beautiful lake, this park is home to kangaroos, koalas and birds. We watched as the lazy koalas slept in the trees above us.
We headed back towards the city and stopped at, of all places, the cemetary. Someone in the know had told us to check it out, as there are quite a few kangaroos there and you can actually get pretty close. We saw eight of the grazing on the grass. I hoped along beside them (yes, there ARE pictures). Wow!
We watched the sunset at a beach near Kim and Stu’s house. Amazing
The next day we headed south to a small city called Freemantle. We toured the shops and cafes and then went on a tour through the prison. It was horrifying but fascinating as well. The prison was actually used up until 1991 when they were permanently closed down. At the time of closure they still used buckets for latrines. Something else that we all found amazing is that punishment by whipping was still legal until 1993. It was simply an over-site (the last person that had the experience of the cat o’ nine tails was in 1943). When Western Australia abolished corporal punishment in ’93 they realized that the ‘whipping legislature’ had never been removed. Quite the over-site.
After the gruesome but educational tour, we headed to a local microbrewery called Little Creatures. The venue is an old wearhouse that has been converted to a funky bistro/brewhouse (much like the Canoe Club in Victoria). All us roomates had a great time chatting and eating and then we headed over to Clancy’s Fish Club where we watched the Battle of the Bands: West Coast Blues and Roots. It was a fun night.
The next day found us at the beach. We spent a few hours surfing and then headed home for naps. That evening Kim had a surprise for me: she had tickets for Cirque du Soleil: Dralion...!!! AWESOME!
We dressed up and headed into the blue and yellow tent. The show was phenomenal. I believe we both shed a tear of joy at the end of the performance. It was beautiful and funny and awe-inspiring - I’ve never seen anything like it.
It’s hard to belive I haven’t even been here four full days. The next adventure begins tomorrow as the two of us head South towards Margaret River. We will hit some wineries…beaches….anything and everything, camping along the way….why not? We should all be so lucky to hit anything and everything along the way – that’s what life is all about!
Theme Songs for the day:
OH! OH! OH! Trouble - An Angle, from the album…I’m not sure…
Where is My Mind - Pixies, from the album Surfer Rosa *(and if you haven’t been lucky enough to listen to this song but sort of recognize it – it’s the closing-credit song from Fight Club)
Fortress – Pinback, from the Album Summer in Abaddon