Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Evening in Cottesloe Beach

I finished up my last meeting in Perth on Wednesday about 6:30 p.m. It was an 11-hour day, that combination of enforced physical inactivity and mental exertion that is strangely tiring. (If there’s a physical version of ADD, I have it.)

I felt like I couldn’t possibly leave Perth without spending at least a little time at the beach, so I got a cab and, on the advice of just about everyone I talked to, went to Cottesloe Beach.

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I walked a few blocks, then finally took off my shoes and socks, rolled up the legs on my pants as best I could, stuffed my suit jacket in my computer bag, and headed down to the water.

I don’t know why it is, but the surf is one of the few sounds that I can listen to all day, with perfect contentment. Maybe it’s because when I was a child, some of my happiest times were on the beach.

I’ve now been in the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian Oceans. And some lakes.

After about an hour, I walked over to Amberjacks, a fish and chips place just across the street from the beach, and got some dinner.

There’s also a gelato place right beside it. The coconut and white chocolate gelato is outstanding.

By this time, it was about 9, so I got a cab back to the Sheraton, picked up my suitcase, and caught another cab to the airport. My fourth of the day; the Perth taxi and drovers association should send me a Christmas card.

[To the tune of The Beatles, “Hey Jude,” from the album “The Beatles 1“.]

1 Comment

  1. Together, your pictures and captions tell a story of rest and relaxation that sounds very tempting. I’ve seen some of your other photos, and you really have a good eye, but here you manage to capture a certain feeling associated with the place. My fiancé and I have been thinking over where to honeymoon next spring and you may have sold me on Australia. She’s been urging Italy, but I think she’s seen Under the Tuscan Sun one too many times. The beach photos were what really grabbed me the most. It seems quite tranquil and beautiful. I wonder, though, since you’ve now been to those three oceans, do you notice any differences? Is there anything particularly interesting about the Australian beaches versus those here in America? Unfortunately, despite their beauty, they may be the one thing that makes it hard to convince my significant other – she has a severe phobia about sharks, and no place is more associated with sharks than Australia.

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