Looking at the bill, we were stunned. $25 for only a handful of groceries! While it was something we had anticipated, it still took some time to get used to. The often laughably cheap prices we’d become so used to over the past nearly half-year in Southeast Asia were no more. The time had come for our journey to continue, to the second round of this epic adventure. Flipping through yet another new currency, we laughed as Men At Work’s “Land Down Under” played over the store’s radio. A more than appropriate welcome to our arrival in Perth, Western Australia.
Distracted from our money woes by the beautiful downtown Perth, we spend the first several days just wandering the streets and just getting used to our new surroundings. One of our favourite parts about the city is that there doesn’t seem to be any significant location where the city centre begins. Each time we ventured downtown, we would suddenly just find ourselves in the middle of it. It just doesn’t have that big, loud, busy downtown vibe that many big cities have. It was wonderful!
Upon finally landing our first job, we celebrate with a little goon (boxed wine), because we’re classy like that. With the job itself requiring us to supply our own sleeping arrangements, we track down a few bits of used camping gear to get us along at the beginning. It isn’t much, and the quality is questionable at best, but it should keep the spiders and snakes at bay.
Early the next morning after catching the 7 am bus towards Bunbury, we disembark at a vaguely marked crossroad. Standing there on the side of the highway in the hot morning sun, we wait patiently for our new employer to pick us up and bring us to our temporary new home.