australia was a like a warm summer breeze – blissful but too brief. i loved it all, and have had a tough time adjusting back to the frozen tundra of korea. we spent time with long lost friends and i don’t think our experience would have been the same without their generosity and hospitality. they drove us around, fed us, took care of us when we were sick, booked us bus tickets, and showed us all the highlights WA had to offer.
so much happened in our two weeks away, i don’t know how to summarize it all here. we traveled a lot up and down the coast, and saw so many amazing things. here is my rambling account in a sort of stream-of-consciousness burst:
landing to sunlight at 5 AM, airport hugs and welcoming smiles, roundabouts and greenery, burgers and chips by the swan river, watching the boats come in and out, warm nights with fans blowing, mornings sounding like a jungle, gelato while wandering around freo, little creatures brewery, scarborough beach, hilary’s boat harbour, massive burritoes, the what-will- you-look-like-in-50-years party complete with grilled steak and dancing, kings park at night, a roadtrip north to the pinnacles, wildlife and nature at yanchep national park complete with koalas, kangaroos, and emus, mars at sunset, swimming around shipwrecks, dinner at dusk and camping only to discover the most massive kangaroo-tick-invasion in history (my history, at least) resulting in a desperate impromptu relocation to the backpackers hostel, david and i getting just a little sick shortly after, a day’s escape to rottenest island, our own private beaches and a snorkeling attempt, a bus trip south to busselton, friday night drive-in movie theater, a day’s tour of wineries, beaches, and rock formations all around the margaret river area, a family pizza dinner, busselton’s big transformation into a city, ice cream, fireworks, and a festival, morning markets and the cutest green coffeeshop, church followed by fish-n-chips, another swim, a long bus ride north, a few days to explore the city center, retracing old steps in east perth, swimming at cottlesloe and getting pummeled by the waves, watching the sunset and more fish-n-chips, australia day among the ambitious at king’s park, having a picnic, catching the fireworks in the rain, and a bubble tea before bed, before the long trip back to korea.
i could’ve stayed for another month or two, but i’m grateful for the time we got. i did make a facebook photo album, so i think if you click on this link, it will take you there. i am sure david, the budding videographer, will make a video of our holiday as well, so stay tuned!