Perth - my last chapter of ten months of travelling
I spent most of my time on the east coast of Australia and really enjoyed it. Though you can't leave Australia without seeing at least a tiny bit of the west coast. So my last 7 days I spent in
Perth. I arrived at the airport and firstly I realized that it is actually quite chilly compared to Bali. I tried to find the shuttle service, but I found out that it's not running on Sundays so I had
to take the public bus. I had no idea where I have to go, but I had such a lovely bus driver. He was helping out and we had a nice chat until I had to get off the bus. I arrived at my hostel in
Perth and it was really quiet. Barely any people. That felt a little bit strange but also nice.
After I bought my groceries, I decided to explore the area around me. I went for a walk along the Swan River. I also realized that Perth is tiny. Tiny and quiet but still a city. It was just
perfect for me. I don't want to say I was tired of travelling but I got to a point where I was just a bit exhausted of being on the go all the time, changing locations every week, getting
used to a new area every time and introduce myself to new people again and again and again. So being in a small place felt just really good.
I also set up a plan for the week. Beach, Fremantle, Rottnest Island, shopping, art museum and botanical garden, beach. Yes, that's a proper plan, haha.
So on my first full day I decided to go to Cottesloe. It is a small suburb of Perth just 30 minutes away. It was sunny and just lovely. The beach was amazing. I was sunbathing at the beach
and later on I did a little beach walk. Knowing that this is my last week was making me appreciating this beauty even more.
The next day I was going to Freo, Fremantle. I just loved it there. I began to realize that I should have been there earlier. Perth and the surroundings are so beautiful and filled
with friendly people.
On my third day I caught a ferry to Rottnest Island. Holy Moly. This island is heaven, a dream, just paradise. The water so blue and clear. I haven't seen anything like that. I was renting a bike
for the day to explore the island. I met some other backpackers on the ferry and so we went exploring together. We decided to go around the island. And even though we stopped every 5 minutes to take a photo this little bike tour was more exhausting than expected. Uphill, downhill and against the wind. By the end of our tour we stopped at a beautiful bay and went for a
dip in the sea. It was really cold, but we saw some nice fish and, unfortunately, some jellyfish as well. Our way back to the mainland was quite rough, but happily I don't get sea sick that easy.
The remaining days were pretty chilled. I've done some souvenir shopping and finally bought new shoes. My Vans were pretty torn after ten months. Another day I went to a really
cool art museum. After that I went to Kings Park. It's a botanical garden, but you also have such a stunning view over Perth. On my last day I said goodbye to the ocean and the beach.
Actually pretty emotional because the whole ten months I've been super close to it. It almost got normal. I couldn't imagine living without that view.
The next morning I woke up quite early. The night before I couldn't barely eat my dinner. I was too excited about going home and leaving this beautiful country where I had such a blast.
I had my last breakfast, oats with banana, packed my bag and left the hostel. I went to the airport way too early, but I was more or less ready for it. I had to wait an hour until I could drop my baggage and get my boarding pass. I went through the security check and had to wait again. And then I boarded the plane back home. It was a long way with a stop over in Abu Dhabi. I arrived in Berlin at 7 am. And then I saw my mum, dad, brother, aunt and uncle for the first time after 313 days. And also two of my best friends were surprising me at the airport.