Australia & NZ 2011 (11 March)

I got up at 6 am. The sun was already rising in the horizon. I walked the 10 meters (!) that separate our house from the gorgeous beach and had a nice workout (deep squats and easy sprints as warm-up, stairs sprints, and a quick circuit of squats, decline push-ups, step-ups, body rows, walking lunges and plank). Then took a shower and got my stuff ready for the luggage pickup.

Then I went to the information office to ask about internet connection, which unfortunately didn’t exist in the island. Next in the list was breakfast. I got some head ups that the stuff in the bakery nearby was not good at all and I had no intentions on stepping foot in Red Rooster or Subway. They told me that the best food out there was a cafe called The Dome (which, as I found out later, belongs to a coffee shop chain), a bit further up. I was heading that way when I realised there was a well-stocked supermarket right in front of my nose.

I had a really healthy and tasty breakfast, knowing that I won’t always be able to do it during the tour. Some people might find it weird or even nasty but for me it was excellent. So what did I have? Two small bananas, a bag of beef jerky and a glass of water with Vita Greens. Great start of the day!

Healthy breakfast

Healthy breakfast

Other people had whatever was left from the previous days (milk, eggs, cereal, bread), and others had breakfast in The Dome. The place was nice but quite overpriced and there weren’t many healthy choices.

Then we caught the ferry back to Fremantle and got driven to our hosts houses and settled in. I’m staying with two other people in a big, beautiful house. Silvia, our generous hostess remembered she had a batch of home-made pesto and chilli paste (made with basil and chillies from her garden), so she cooked some spaghetti and we prepared a salad with tomatoes, capsicum, carrots, avocado, olives and balsamic dressing. Silvia also treated us to a nicely flavoured Swiss cheese (she’s from Switzerland) called Tête de Moine (“monk’s head”). Everything was so good we ended up overeating and needing a cup of espresso and a couple of hours of rest before heading to the city.

Home-made pesto and chilli paste

Home-made pesto and chilli sauce

Salad

Salad

Tete de Moine

Tête de Moine

Tete de Moine

Tête de Moine

Once there we walked around the city centre, looking at the shops, watching office workers having drinks in packed pubs. I must say I was surprised to see that Perth is much busier than Canberra. There were a few food strips, typical pubs and trendy pubs with bouncers in the entrances and strict clothing rules like The Generous Squire (which serves James Squire beers) and Durty Nelly’s.

Dress requirements

Dress requirements

There were also charming places, no-fuss bistros and artfully decorated cafes.

Tom's Kitchen bistro

Tom’s Kitchen bistro

Zekka cafe

Zekka cafe

Zekka cafe

Zekka cafe

But we were still full from lunch so headed to the evening talk, which was awesome. We got out of the venue by midnight and a bunch of us headed to the Buddhist centre. People had drinks (I’m still in dry mode) and there were some Doritos passed around. I ate three and a lolly, thinking that would be dinner for me.

Peter and I were driven to Silvia’s house where we found her and Haike drinking beer and eating nuts (almonds, cashews, macadamias) and dried apricots. I ate a few handfuls as dinner.

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