Day 43–Tues., Nov. 8, 2011–At Sea & Fremantle (Perth), Western Australia

     Well, we were rudely awakened around 4 am by the ship’s fire alarm.  There was fire detected in the forward incinerator room.  Ray was ready to put pants on and I stayed in bed.  We were still rocking and I could hear the plate on the desk sliding back and forth.  The Captain came on and told us about the fire and asked for Henk and Gene to come to the bridge and he called the first responders to their places and said he would get back to us.  About 4:30 he came on and said the fire was out and Good Night.  Needless to say Ray fell back asleep and I slept on and off.  We awoke around eight, still rocking.

     We went to Wii at 9 and then just watched some TV and typed on blogs.  As we got nearer to the channel we finally stopped rocking.  It rained a little bit.  At 11:30 it was 18ºC or 64ºF.  We decided to eat before going ashore.  Wayan’s wife brought Ray a batik shirt as a thank you for the package we sent them.  It fits!  IMG_0003  We were going to play golf at the local 9-hole par 34 course, but that would have meant we would miss Perth.  The cost of the shuttle is $2 Australian dollars per day from the ship to the Fremantle Town Hall approximately a 10-minute trip one way.  There is also a free Cat bus that runs around town.  We walked up and over the train tracks and down a block or two to the train station.  I walked ahead of Ray and had a guy help me buy tickets and we just made the train.  It was about a 30-minute ride into Perth.  The train station is basically next to 2 pedestrian streets.  We walked down one and then went to an Internet place, around a corner and back to the train station.  It was a typical city, founded o June 12, 1829 by Captain James Stirling as a political center and has continued to serve as the seat of Government for Western Australia to the present day.  Perth became known worldwide as the “City of Light,” when residents lit their houselights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth in 1962.  The city repeated this extraordinary tribute again in 1998 as Glenn passed overhead in the Space Shuttle.  Perth is one of the most isolated metropolitan areas in the world and is actually closer to East Timor, Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia, than it is to Sydney , Melbourne, and Brisbane.

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We just missed a train back to Fremantle so we were a little late for dinner.  The dining room was almost empty, so it wasn’t a problem.  Most passengers ate at the Outback BBQ on the Lido Deck.

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     The entertainment was the movie, “Muriel’s Wedding”, which we already saw, but watched again.  They didn’t put out the popcorn till the end of the movie.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t.  A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.”  ~  Horace Walpole

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