My dear English-speaking friends, I am really sorry that you had to wait more than 4 weeks to read about our arrival in Australia and our first impressions about the place…
In one word: OMG Is it a proper word?? I don’t think so 🙂
I am totally in love with this country already, and practically I haven’t seen anything yet. As most of you probably know we arrived in Perth on 5th February, and thanks to Kristin, a German friend of ours, who has been living here for about 3 years, we could move into a house 2 days after our arrival. It was so good that we didn’t need to spend our entire first week searching for a room. It was all done even before we had arrived. And what a nice room it is! Check out the pictures of the house and our room in the post “Home is where we live now”
It is situated quite central; not exactly in the city center, but within walking distance of it, which is perfect as we don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on the public transportation every day. Although we are living very close to Perth CBD (Central Business District), it is a very peaceful area with detached houses and gardens, but if we walk about 500 meters, then we find lots of cool bars and restaurants. This area Mt Lawley is one of the hippest places to go out on a Saturday night.
But at the same time there are plenty of parks as well where we can go jogging. I have already found my new “Volkspark Friedrichshain” here 🙂 It is called Forest Park; it is very close to our house, has exactly the right size and it has a path around the lawn especially for joggers.
There are so many things I love about this city (as Perth is the only city we’ve been to so far, I can’t say much about the rest of the country):
– regarding sport and fitness activities it is so inspiring: you can see joggers and cyclists everywhere any time of the day (even if it is 38 degrees!)In spite of the fact that sport and fitness are part of the city life here, I don’t understand why there are so many fat people…the shelves of the supermarkets provide some explanation though…
– there are plenty of green areas. I especially like the long park along the Swan river.
– you have the ocean here. I am in love with the ocean: so beautiful powerful and infinite…I love listening to its sounds…and here you can find so many shells on the beach J
– life is much more relaxed.
– people are much more friendly (they just smile at each other on the street. If I did that in Berlin, people would think I am drunk or something…
– the WEATHER! I L-O-V-E the weather
– you wouldn’t think, but Australians have wonderful coffee. And every cafe has soy milk
– flora & fauna: if you follow me on Instagram (nnestrella), you can see how impressed I am with the trees and birds and the kangaroos…(spiders are exceptions; I want to avoid them as much as possible)
– bureaucracy is not so complicated. After 4 years of living in Germany no wonder I enjoy this so much 🙂
– you can use the buses in the city center free of charge. This is a pretty good way of persuading people not to use their cars, I guess (and for us just a good way of spending less 🙂
The list is very long but I don’t want bore you to death with all the little things 🙂 Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section! I promise you don’t need to wait another month for the next entry in English.
Have a great day everyone!