Day 44–Wed., Nov. 9, 2011–Fremantle, Western Australia

     We got up early because all aboard is 11:30 am and we wanted to see a bit of Fremantle.  At 6:40 am there was 93% humidity and 55ºF and at noon it was 74% humidity and 64ºF.  We took the shuttle into the town center and they did not charge us because they were a little late!  It was a shame the port couldn’t coordinate with the shops because most shops didn’t open until 10 am and we had to get the shuttle back to the ship around 11 am.  A touch of Western Australia’s colonial maritime flavor has survived in Fremantle, despite the extensive renovations associated with Australia’s unsuccessful defense of the America’s Cup in 1987.  An old working-class dockyard city, it lies about 12 miles west of Perth, where the Swan River enters the Indian Ocean.  They have 2 free Cat bus lines that take you around the city, with stops at the train station to encourage people to use public transportation.  We walked around, looked in some shops and sent some postcards.  It costs $1.60 Australian for each postcard.  We passed a public toilet on the street and I had to give it a try.  Ray said there was a red light on the outside and inside it told me the door was locked and I had 10 minutes.  The toilet flushed automatically when you washed your hands or opened the door.  Music also played.  We packed the shuttle back to the ship.  We enjoyed Fremantle.

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     We sailed at noon and as soon as we left the harbor we started rocking again.  Painting was not fun.  We made a bookmark with Shirley Kazakis in crafts.  The Captain made an announcement that we would continue to rock until about 9:45 pm when we rounded Australia’s southwest corner.  Our show tonight was comic magician Nick Nickolas.  We sat downstairs so Ray could see.  Ray was the magician’s back-up for a smoking bit but he used someone else.  He picked on Ray for the ball under the cup routine.

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested I other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”  ~  Dale Carnegie

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