Throwback Thursday: Perth, Australia

I was lucky enough to have a job that allowed me to travel.  Between 1996 and 1997, I was able to visit Italy, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, and New Zealand.  Each of those trips was a once in a life time experience, although I was able to go to some of those places more than once.  I met different people, tried new foods and experienced different cultures.

I only got to Australia once back in the spring of October of 1997, but I loved the country.  I sometimes dream (literally) of that beautiful country and going back for a visit.

The thing I remember most about Perth was that it was a mining town.  My clients were mining companies.  One of the things I did on my Friday in the city was hang out in a client’s office after work.  We toured their wine “cellar” (it was not in the basement), and I hung out with geologists – if you’re going to hang out with scientists, these are the people you want to party with – sampling different Australian whites.  I was so careful regarding how much I drank, not wanting to leave a  bad impression.  In retrospect, I don’t think they would have judged me poorly.

During my stay, I was able to visit some local sites and go to the mint where I tried to lift an extremely heavy gold bar.

I don’t want to bore you with too many pictures.  And, the truth be told, I don’t have all of my photos readily available.  But here are a few.  I  hope you enjoy them.



This is the miners sculpture in front of the historic Perth Mint. It dates back to 1899. See? I told you that Perth had a history of mining.


Perth in October 1997.



  6 comments for “Throwback Thursday: Perth, Australia

  1. Ariana
    January 25, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I had always heard Perth was the best town in Australia because it was on the hidden coast..wouldyou go back? You should include the India stories in one of these blogs! #roachesofrajastan

    • jrusoloward
      January 25, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      I’ve posted on my trip to the Taj Mahal. I have not posted on my roach encounters. I try to block all of them out, whether state side or abroad.

      I loved Perth and would definitely go back. My trip was too short. I did Australia and New Zealand in a week and a half. Australia, in general, was amazing.

  2. January 25, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Hey, I visited Perth too- and did the circuit of Australia- way back in 1990. Great memories- thanks for triggering them!

    • jrusoloward
      January 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I was there in 1997. Maybe I’ll get back.

  3. January 26, 2018 at 1:13 am

    These are gorgeous photos! And the water looks a treat! 😍
    Sounds like a bad stereotype but you really thought you could out-drink Australians, LOL.

    • jrusoloward
      January 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Lol! I didn’t even try to out-drink anyone. I just didn’t want to embarrass myself when I did drink. One of my clients in Melbourne said, as we sat down to lunch, “I hope you’re not going to do the typical American thing and refuse to drink during lunch.” It was a great trip!

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