Well, we are here in country one, Australia.
Nothing too interesting about the sunburnt country. They are our neighbours after all and we should know all about our neighbours. What's more, its just a quick flight over, right? OK, Perth is a little further away. Its called a long haul flight. Not sure why they call it that. I am 'hauling' nothing other than my trolley through the airport. Maybe it should be renamed 'long drag' flights. This time we flew on Qantas who have a slogan 'Fly Generous' even though I had to pay for everything I got and did not consider the offering to be especially generous! We would normally fly Air New Zealand and it used to be that they were the only airline to do a direct flight to Perth, but no longer. The generous airline is on the same route spilling out the goods all the way to the most isolated major city on the planet. That is except for the in flight entertainment... Christine would normally watch 2 or 3 movies on the way to Perth but with only old B grade movies, she couldn't even finish 1. Never mind, we could sleep OK.... well, no on that as well. The seats we had were haunted by some ghost and were absolutely FREEZING. While everyone around us was in tee shirts and shorts, we were wrapped in blankets and for me, it was too cold to sleep. We did arrive safe and sound however, and that was all we really wanted, so mission accomplished.
We were greeted at Perth International by Christine's parents, John and Gael in their awesome as camper van. They were able to take us to our Airbnb accommodation in Fremantle. We have a self contained unit under the main house with our own separate entrance and a kitchen so we can cook our own food and relax like we are at home.
So, as per normal the first thing you do when you get 'home' is to plug in and charge up your devices... hang on.. where is the bag with the charger, all our clothing, etc etc... I'll tell you where. It's still going round and round on the conveyor belt at the airport, that's where! SHIT. Call a taxi, call Qantas.. a quick trip back to the airport and we had the bag. Somewhat embarrassed but I don't mind as we had the bag (and the contents). Lesson one... MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR STUFF
I blame the 'long drag' flight and I am sure daylight saving has something to do with it also.
We are really looking forward to catching up with some friends while we are in Perth. We did live here for a few years and it was an enjoyable time with good memories. So much has changed here though. The economy is looking a bit shaky with the mining industry contracting and most people we have spoken to already are crying doom and gloom. The taxi driver that took us to rescue our bag said house prices are dropping every week. He thinks it will get much worse. Like things you see on the internet, things you hear from a taxi driver must all be true. Could be a good place to send some Aucklanders with bags stuffed full of cash from selling overpriced Auckland properties. Maybe the Aussies will have to let in a few more foreigners to get things moving again, maybe not though... It will not have any impact on out hiking trip though as the trees are worth just the same as they were before, priceless!
We are off to a great start. Everything is in order and all we have to do is enjoy and hike (and remember our bags)
it's Our Epic Trip...
David & Christine are from New Zealand and are embarking on a trip around the world the slow way, on foot and by personal vehicle. This could get interesting!