"Perl 6 is a simpler language than Perl 5 in most ways."
Well, maybe for someone who is in the zen. Perl5 certainly wasn't pretty, though I could live with it apart from its scalars using so much memory and the language generally being so slow.
I'll assume what you say is true, though on the surface it seems to have a lot more syntax to deal with that is new to Perl6.
"You didn't get that idea from the actual project."
It is hard to remember stuff clearly from a decade ago, but I got the impression from the apocalypses where I thought that the common theme was "this is something that was difficult in perl5, let's remove this limitation [through some very complicated scheme for no clear reason]", and I got sick of it all when I learnt about the runtime reconfigurable syntax parsing. In my mind, that is a sign of language design going off the deep end. I get it that semantics sometimes have to be redefined to support features like operator overloading (whatever the merits and faults of this technique), but syntax too? I really don't look forwards to seeing code that makes use of that feature.