After an intense (but thoroughly amazing) 4 days at the conference I took 2 days off to recharge the batteries although not particularly taking it that easy- work hard, play harder springs to mind!
My first free day was beautifully hot and sunny, perfect for a 40km bike ride along the spectacular coast to Hillarys, great for clearing out the cobwebs and reflecting on the last few days. The return 20kms though were a little more testing, feeling every little bump along the way and will make sure I pack padded cycle shorts next time!
The evening was spent on a sunset kayak tour on the Swan River opposite the spectacular skyline of Perth city. The smoke from the controlled burns (to help mitigate severity of future bush fires in the Perth hills lazily drifted over the city centre.
The following day was once again hot and sunny, perfect for a free guided tour of the Botanical gardens in Kings Park, Perth that is working towards making all species there native to Australia. Saw a Kookaburra up close and found out many things including there are more than 700 different Eucalyptus species! A more sobering fact though was that Aboriginal people did not get the vote in Australia until 1962.
With Anzac Day fast approaching there was a special service at the State War Memorial and it was humbling to see Graham Edwards there who lost both legs whilst serving in the Vietnam War and has since served as a politician. It is expected that over 40,000 people will attend the Dawn Service at Kings Park on ANZAC Day.
The evening was spent at a wonderful jazz club listening to the wonderful Toby Beard- would love to see her visit Scotland on her next European tour!