Awesome Australia – This One’s For You!

Somewhere at the end of 2018, I started to realise that I live for a life on the go!
2018: The months went by and retrospectively I was just doing what I needed to get by. Between work, and other life things, I had completely forgotten that I had booked a ticket to Australia for one of my best friend’s weddings. So, I hastily organised my e-visa (thankfully), packed my bags and was off to Western Australia, Perth for 10 days!
Expectations: Well, 1 million Border Security episodes later, I was expecting a long trip. I was expecting dogs. I was expecting a search and questioning. I was worried about what I had packed. I was worried whether I had enough money (should I be questioned). I was worried about whether or not I got the right visa. I was worried about being deported. There was so much to be worried about before even arriving!
Arriving: Surprised and impressed by the quick self- scan passport system, I arrived at the convey belt where the dogs did come out and then, picked up my bags and on my exit, I was met by a friendly official who simply said “WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA”. Relief was finally in the air!
Meeting my friends: The last time I saw these two friends of mine, was at my wedding the year before. The one lives in Cape Town and the other of course in Perth. What a delight! We joked about how it seems easier to meet up on a different continent. And what an amazing time it was!
Is this thing on?: By this thing I mean, the earth’s heater. The heat in Australia is no child’s play. It was constantly hot and on one day, for the very first time in my life, I experienced a scorching 40 degrees celsius. There had never been a greater need to stay hydrated!
About the stay Part 1: On my first day, I got to do some touristy things like meeting a bunch of ‘roos (who much rather wanted to nap) and some koala bears who were as cute and cuddly as they are on tv.
                                                                                                     
About the stay Part 2: Rushing about Perth with a semi-stressed bride, our bridesmaids’ duties kicked in as we went anywhere and everywhere. The day finally arrived where she walked down the aisle, as beautiful as ever and my pride of being a bridesmaid and witness to such a beautiful union can never be described! After the wedding, my friend went on her honeymoon and so kindly left us to enjoy our time in her gorgeous home in Perth with her two children – her dogs, who I love like my own (Special mention to Timmy Tam-Tam – You know why). The night before she left we had a South African: BRAAI, American: BBQ & Australian: Barbie, (we all know it’s a BRAAI) preparing the South African must-haves like potato salad and garlic bread and other yum-yums! Unfortunately, there was no chakalaka and we still have no idea why.
Travels: When in Western Australia anyone and everyone you ask will tell you, you have to go to Rottnest Island! And that we did! A quick ferry from Perth takes you straight to a place called Rottnest which is an island just off Perth.
On the island: The water was so blue and the island so beautiful and so big! We hardly anticipated the size and the dangers ahead and decided to hire a bike. About 10 minutes in, my friend fell off her bike and about 5 minutes after that her husband calmly told us that he saw a black snake quite close to where the drama had unfolded. That was enough to trade in the bikes for a bus ticket and that we did!
Touring Rottnest: On the bus ride, we had every opportunity to hop on and off. I can’t recall all the stops but the view from the bus and the stops were unbelievable! We stopped at one beach where we got to see a shark up-close and personally (dooo-dooo-dooo). From there we took a stroll on the island where I managed to get pretty close to a quokka which is a cute furry little rodent-like animal and indigenous to the island. Tired and burning up, we then stopped on a private beach. This part of the story has never been told:
Exhausted from the day, mesmerized by the view, and boiling from the heat it was nap time. On this beach we took an hour-long nap which seemed so effortless, it just happened. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a wonderful nap and when I woke up, I felt renewed and refreshed. I immediately knew I needed a fresh start and the things that had weighed me down knowingly or unknowingly were immediately something of the past! For that beach and nap, I am so grateful!
                                               
Wrapping up: The rest of the holiday unfolded with eating and exploring parts of Perth and the entire experience was absolutely incredible. Previously, I never dreamed of one day going to Australia but for a good reason, I ended up there and for a good reason everything that happened, happened!
My musings: “Let your travels guide you and let your soul be led to places where you have no inhibitions.”
Thank you, Aus! See you around, mate! ;)
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