Day 02 : Seaside Blues

Thursday 29 May 2014

It has been brought to my attention that I may be getting too thin. I’ll concede that my belt, which was hooked on the first notch before I went away to Canada in September is now on the sixth- given the belt only had five holes until recently, this suggests that indeed some fat has been lost … I’m a little concerned now that if things continue this way, I’ll need to buy new trousers before long, which was not part of my plan at all, especially as none of the trousers I have are actually mine in the first place.

I can understand why; I’ve not been eating a lot for most of my trip to be honest, and I’ve been walking a lot. However over my first 24 hours in Australia I’ve had three burgers and a foot-long Subway sub. Well, it’s kind of a start I guess.

Caught my flight to Perth without any hassle; just under five hours in the air. I realised another thing about flying – it always feels like you’re not moving very fast, but I realise now the reason is because you can see so far, the scenery doesn’t change much, so your reference point relatively doesn’t move, so it just looks like nothing’s happening. Having five hours of this isn’t generally fun.

I briefly passed through Perth, seemed like quite a nice city, although a bit lacking in direction signs so ended up wandering aimlessly for a bit trying to find the central railway station for the local hop to Fremantle.
Fremantle, on the other hand, feels a little weird. It’s not terribly big, and it looks like it should be quite hip and happening, but … it just doesn’t feel like it. In fact, it feels like a British seaside resort, but one slightly out-of-season so the locals are more in evidence. And I suppose that’s exactly what it is – given that it’s Winter. There just doesn’t feel like there’s as much life, as much ’happiness’ as there should be, or that I was expecting anyway. Wandering around the streets, I did notice a few ‘depressed locals’, aimless, hopeless, care-less, without smiles, without passion, shuffling though, waiting for the Summer.

Maybe it’s affected me a bit too; I’ve been feeling a bit low since this afternoon. I checked my bank balance and I have a little less money than I expected, but it got me thinking again about what the heck I’m doing and am I really going to do all that I planned; even though I’m keeping a budget I’m currently making my way through one of the most expensive countries on my trip. And part of me I wondering if it was even worth coming here.
I’m sure it’ll be fine in the long run, but right now I’m not feeling it.

The hostel I’m staying in is full of life at least, although obviously being the newcomer means that it’s all taking place around me, rather than with me. To be fair though, right now that’s not so much of an issue because I’m feeling quite introspective and just wanting my own company. Hopefully that too will pass. Maybe I’m just tired (I set my alarm for 4.45am but was awake long before that). Who knows.

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