Last night my partner and I went to the PCEC ( Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre ) to hear U.K. Prof. Brian Cox, Particle Physicist, talk about physics and the cosmos. The talk ran for 3 hours from 8pm to 11pm. While we loved the talk and the PCEC and the Riverside Theatre where the talk was held, it was a bit of a torture finding parking and leaving the car park later.
We went into the PCEC car park via Mill Street off St Georges Terrace, where there were Traffic lights. We drove around for a while, not having driven there before, wondering where the heck all the supposed empty car bays were and wondering which way to go. Then my partner intelligently saw some bays toward the very back of the car park so we headed that way and got a park. Luckily, we had left our house at 6.45pm for a journey into “town” as we call it (the City) which only takes about 30 minutes, so we had plenty of time for finding parking.
As usual, I was concerned about finding our car once we needed it again (not surprising given my lack of sense of navigation, e.g. once when I was a student at Murdoch University, I could not remember where I had parked in the many car parks there, and I must have spent 45 minutes at least wandering around looking for my car until I found it). We looked for a number and found an 8 on one of the columns but amongst the confusion (or stress) we did not take note of the fact that there was a car bay number actually on the ground of the car bay.
Anyhow, happily, we found we were directly in line with a big room with glass windows in which there was a “bank” or array of video cameras, of course being part of the security of the Convention Centre. We followed the sign to the “Lift and Stairs” and went past the Paying Station and up the stairs, or was it down the stairs?
To my surprise, we emerged outdoors but just around the corner from the front of the Centre, so in due time we went into the PCEC and followed the huge letter signs on the walls to the Riverside Theatre. We went past a couple of Bars – i.e. stalls or counters set up as bars – at which a few people lingered.