comparing campuses and being a tourist

Yesterday I went back to UWA (another one of the major universities here) and it was not raining, so I had a much better experience. I've definitely decided that I am not one of those people who love the rain. Maybe if I'm inside, curled up in a blanket and going to sleep, but that's about it.

My assessment on this second run is that UWA is a lot nicer than I originally thought, but definitely different from Curtin. I found Curtin more cozy and quirky, and UWA felt more historic and grand. Also, UWA has a pretty sweet location -- it's close to the city centre and right next door to Matilda Bay.

Good morning, UWA.

They have gigantic, super climbable-looking trees.

Not sure if this is adequately communicating the size of these trees but they felt pretty big.

Also... yea... like I mentioned in my previous post, ping pong tables are like a public-space-staple. I have yet to see someone playing.

The view from there student centre area. I would more or less equate this to Mac Hall at U of C, except there isn't really a food court.

Walked down a short ways (basically just had to cross the street) and this could be your lunch view. Food is courtesy of a food truck (it wasn't that amazing, sadly. Opa fries are better and half the price.) But it's pretty cool that both campuses regularly have food trucks around.

This is what I mean by looking/feeling historic and grand...

The inside of the above-pictured building. I think this was some kind of theatre lobby but it was dark and closed and empty so I didn't venture any further in.

Also from some views, the campus looked like a jungle.

So the nice day definitely improved my perspective of the school (or at least the campus from the outside). The people were really nice too.

After the day at UWA, I met up with J at the blue boat house. I think this once functioned as a proper boat house but has turned into something like a tourist icon (based on Google reviews). I would have tried to take a picture with it but there was a queue. Full of asians.

Strategically framed photo to avoid the tourists.

Demonstrating the photogenic quality of the house (as in... everyone wants to take pictures here)

Opted for a less "intimate" view of the house instead... not patient enough to wait in line.

This was conveniently located maybe 5-10 minutes downhill from an entrance to King's Park, which is supposedly one of the world's largest inner city parks. It also has a botanic garden (which would probably be amazing in the spring, but was still pretty nice for winter) and some nice vantage points of the water and the city.

DNA tower -- the design is modeled after a castle in France (Chateau de Chambord), which I really thought I would've blogged before but I cannot find it. Anyway, been there too, pretty cool.

View from the top (it reminded me a lot of the Arc de Triomphe view)

The picture might not be the best but we could see (roughly) where we live.

I think this is the bridge that the train crosses over to get into the city (not a bad view for a regular commute)

This could be a pretty nice wedding venue!

War memorial (and happened to be a clue box location for TAR season 9, I think)

Elizabeth Quay during sunset, view from the park

Perth's version of the Crescent Heights stairs 
We topped off the busy day with a visit to the Chinatown area for some food. Got the Australian game experience as an appetizer, plus some super spicy Thai food for the main course, and finished it with Asian/hippie-inspired gelato.

Sampler skewers at Outback Jack's: kangaroo, buffalo, wild boar, crocodile and emu.

Doo dee noodles (I think that's what it was called) at Bangkok Brothers

Super delicious, super spicy tom yum. I think I accompanied it with at least 5 glasses of water.

Had to cool down my mouth. Top scoop: black sesame & grilled banana; bottom scoop: lavender & honeycomb. Did I mention that Australians seem to love honeycomb flavoured stuff? It's great. I love it.

Okay, that pretty much summarizes an eventful, tourist-ey day. Til next time...


Lanie said...

Did you try each of the sampler skewers? Were they pretty gamey?

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