Perth and my birthday surprise!
10.01.2010 - 15.01.2010 35 °C
Right, Ive got a lot of catching up to do. Im just trying to think back and remember everything...
Ok, left Uluru and flew into Perth on sunday 10th January with no idea what we were going to do or see while we were there. I had seen pictures of Wave Rock that looked pretty cool but when we looked into getting there we realised that it was quite a bit away from Perth and would cost us £200 to do a day tour there so we didnt think it was worth it. We soon figured out that pretty much everything was a bit of a treck from Perth and would cost us quite a lot to do tours so we decided to just chill out and take in the city of Perth.
Its a nice city, not too big and only a short walk from the main shopping and buisness area there was a lovely garden area with statue kangaroos. We couldnt resist taking funny photos next to them...we got a few funny looks when I pretended to fight a kangaroo and Kev rode a kangaroos back...we had fun though!
Then a little bit down from that was the harbour area which was really pretty...there was a big bell tower but we couldnt see any bells!
We had a look around Perth's shops and visited Cottesloe, a lovely little place by the beach. We wierdly bumped into Craig and Rebecca, a couple who were on the South America tour with us 4 months ago, in the post office! It was so crazy, just goes to show you what a small world it is. We had a drink and a catch up with them which was good. Craig and Rebecca were doing more travelling aswell once the South America tour ended so we exchanged stories. We also went to Fremantle on my birthday but it wasnt really what we expected. I thought it would be a cute wee harbourside town with shops along the front. It had some shops but we couldnt find the harbourside. It was way to hot to be walking around in search of it so we headed back to Perth city and had dinner instead.
I had been dreading my birthday for a long time...think thats partly why we came away when we did, so I could try and pretend that it wasnt happening, that I wasnt turning 30!!!! I never thought I would turn 30...I was meant to stay 21 forever!
Anyway, that dreaded morning I turned 30 I got a phone call from home which made my day. It was so good to hear mum and dads voices. Then after the call Kev and I were talking about something and I joked that I was too old now to be called 'girlfriend' and out of nowhere Kev brought out a ring box! I didnt want to get too excited because he has bought me rings before that are just fashion rings. As I opened it he said that it wasnt really a birthday present but more of a I want to spend the rest of my life with you present. I started shaking but wasnt too sure if we were on the same wave length as he hadnt come out and asked me anything, I was thinking maybe he meant it as an eternity ring. So not to jump the gun and look like a right fool I put it on my middle finger, Kev asked how it fitted and I showed him and said it was fine...he didnt say I had it on the wrong finger so I guessed I had just got ahead of myself. I was still a bit confused so I had to ask if it was actually an engagement ring, he said yes and that he hadnt noticed it was on the wrong finger! So I guess you can say we did it true dumb and dumber style but we got there in the end I was just soo shocked by it, it was the last thing I was expecting because we are travelling and money is tight. Im not complaining though
It certainly took my mind off turning 30...nice work Kev...make a girls day and help her forget she's getting old at the same time...and they say men cant multi task
We were on a high all day, I was itching to tell people but it was the middle of the night back home so I had to wait. I think I did well, I waited until about 7am UK time before I started texting. I kept lookin at my ring and wandering if it was really happening and asking Kev if he was sure. It all felt a bit surreal.
That was a great way to end our time in Australia. We will have so many wonderful memories from here. We were both really sad to be leaving, we couldnt believe that we had spent 3 and a half months in Australia and it was now all coming to an end. It only feels like yesterday we were getting off the plane in Sydney!
We will definately be back at some point. Australia is a huge place and although we squeezed quite a bit in we have only just scratched the surface, there is so much more we would like to see and do...we would like to do the West coast properly and go back to Uluru to see it in the sunshine!