My time living in the land down under began in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.
I was lucky enough to move into an old stone house near the beach.
We could see the Indian Ocean from our kitchen window, and the windows would get cloudy from the sea spray blowing in. I had never seen the ocean before, and now it was just outside the door.
I spent a lot of time on the beach – swimming, walking, or just staring at the waves
The backyard was sprawling and full of flowers.
When I first started to explore the neighborhood, I found there was a flock of parrots that lived in the park around the corner. I love parrots, I wish we had them at home too.
And one time I found a hidden beach, it was always completely empty. My fellow explorer was a fan of it too.
(this beach has since disappeared, the coastline is eroding and the ocean has moved in.)
Sometimes I would make the trip into the city, for a change from the quiet suburbs. Although, Perth is pretty quiet as far as capitals go.
I even took in a few cricket matches at the WACA.
Sometimes there were sculptures by the sea.
The jacaranda trees came into bloom, and the whole city looked like a fairytale.
On the rare occasion, it would actually be cloudy or even rain.
But for the most part the weather was pretty fantastic.
And the city would ring in Australia Day with phenomenal fireworks.
We took a trip to Rottnest Island, land of the quokkas. With no cars, and only ferry access, the island feels like it is from the past.
These friendly little guys are all over the place. They have no natural predators on the island, and no fear of people. I would’ve liked to sneak one into my backpack.
I could have lived on Rottnest Island forever.
A lot of the time I would just hang around the house, its hard not to relax when you live so close to the beach.
Once or twice I went to the Perth zoo.
I even got to feed Armani, the giraffe.
The best part of living on the west coast was the sunsets.
I look forward to the day I can return and sit on the beach, just watching the waves.
Or stand on the hill beside the ‘pineapple’ palm tree and look out at my favourite view.
Dear Perth, I love you, I miss you, I’ll see you again one day.