31 October 2005
Darwin to Perth
When we left Darwin for Perth, we really didn't know that much about our future hometown. We had been told that it was "nice" and a couple of month before leaving Darwin I had bought a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, showing a night view over the Central Business District as seen from Kings Park.
Of course we did know a little more about Perth, than "'it's nice", but most was from people that had only been through the town on business or holiday. Hardly what could be called solid information about everyday life in a remote town. In fact ask any Australian, not from Western Australia, about Perth and they will tell you that it is "nice" whether they have actually been there or not. They might add that they have an ocean breeze, "The Fremantle Doctor" called so because it comes from the direction of the town Fremantle and brings relief to Perth on hot summer days and nights. In the three years we lived there I never heard anyone using the "Fremantle Doctor" expression at all.
I'm not saying that we did not find Perth to be nice but that was the gist of what we knew at that time.