18.06.2012 - 20.06.2012 29 °C
It was day 67, a Monday morning bright and clear.
We both still had a bit of a cold / flu but it wasn't bad enough to keep us room bound. We freshened up, grabbed a free continental breaky, chatted briefly with some of our former tour companions (to protect their honour I won't share anything that they told us about their Sunday night exploits) and then went to catch the bus into town.
It runs every half hour, at 19 and 49 minutes past the hour from our nearest stop, except at 8:19am for some reason. No prize for guessing when we were there.
We waited and rode the 8:49 bus right down to the other end of Broome so that we could see the whole town. We stopped briefly at a little shopping centre and visited Town Beach. Check out the colour contrasts between the red sand and the sea.
We found the nearby museum which, unfortunately / fortunately depending on which of us you talk to, was closed and then we jumped onto the next bus and headed back to the main street to browse through the shops and sample the local foods.
The centre of town is quirky - many of the shops have exteriors made out of common painted corrugated iron but with interiors full of rare or precious things.
For example, pearling is a big part of Broome's history and current economy and lots of the shops reflect that. If pearls are your thing then this is certainly the place to be but you'd better bring lots of money if you want some of the biggest and best locally grown pearls.
A few of the shops also carry diamonds from the Argyle mine that we passed in the distance some days ago. The few pieces of jewellery that combined Argyle's distinctive pink diamonds and the soft lustre of the local Broome pearls were just stunning. There aren't any coming home with us though.
Broome has its own Chinatown but it's really just a single lane between two of the main streets bordered by some shops...more like an arcade or small mall.
We had a Mango smoothie which was so so, stopped at the local Thai restaurant for some cashew chicken which was really lovely, but quite different to what we get back home, and searched in vain for a lemon citrus tart. Then we did some grocery shopping for our remaining days in Broome and to get stocked up for the next leg of our trip, then caught the bus back to our accommodation.
In the early evening, because of the 2 hour time difference, we called the family. It was really nice to be able to see and talk to our kids and grandsons even if Jude did declare "I too busy playing with this. In a minute."
It's Tuesday, day 68, and we're enjoying waking up whenever we want and going where we like. In our own good time we showered, had breaky and walked up to Cable Beach, hired a couple of reclining beach chairs and a brolly, and just lay there for 2 hours relaxing, listening to the waves and looking at the emerald green sea, enjoying the sea breeze. Ahh, fabulous!
We watched a couple of littlies playing on the beach with their parents / grandparents. It's sometimes hard to tell. I'm so pleased that we could facetime the grandkids last night.
As others began to arrive at the beach, around mid-morning, we left and went to the nearby cafe where we finally found a lemon citrus tart. Yum.
Then, knowing that we had bags full of clothes covered in red dust waiting to be washed, we went back to our accommodation and continued our preparations for the next stage of our trip.
Wednesday, 69 days into the trip, came and I chose to lie around, do some reading (I've got 11 classic novels and a couple of reference books on my iPad) and catch up with some blog writing. Karen chose to go back to town and wander the shops, looking for gifts for the family.
That's pretty much how the day passed until we prepared and ate dinner, packed our bags after reviewing the first few days of the itinerary of the Broome to Perth leg of our trip, set the alarms and went to sleep...anticipating the start of the next part of our adventure, WA's coastline.