Perth

Australian budget (Part II)

And here we go again – the details of my spending in Australia, easily the most expensive country on this trip. As feared, I overspend by far – I think I had one single day where I was under my threshold. And often way way beyond. Somehow though I also did not care that much anymore. […]

Nullarbor

I woke up in the early morning, and took a sneak peak out of the window… Grey cloudy skies… Not what I had expected in the desert… It had rained overnight! The landscape? Flat as a pan, red dirt, some low bush grass. Looked like planet Mars after some terraforming project… The Nullarbor Plain is […]

The SuperPit

We rolled into Kalgoorlie at around 10.30 pm, in the pitch-black night. I had started to have some doubts about a potential gold mine visit – what was there to see in the night? They told us though that the mine was operated around the clock, so I hoped to get an idea of the […]

Train ride through Western Australia

Our train left Perth North station on time, at 11.55, for its three-day ride to Sydney, on the other side of the continent. Check-in in and luggage drop-off was quick and easy, and I was there way too early, as usual. Our vehicle was a fine looking, endless, metallic retro-train, the interior also had a great […]

Perth murals

And a look back at Perth, where I discovered a great number of beautiful murals, in side streets, back alleys and parking lots. These are to be found in Wolf lane, a tiny back alley close to my home in the CDB, that’s not only great for this art, but for the various cool coffee […]

Fifo

To understand Perth means understanding the term fifo. You’ll hear and see it over and over again. Fly in, fly out. It’s the way a lot of people in Perth make their money, working in the mines in Western Australia. I met a geologist who works for one of the mines. Nine days in a row, […]

Through the wilderness

Moving on again. Perth was much too short. And I spent too much time at the beach… I’m off for a two-day, 2659 km journey through Western and South Australia, to Adelaide. Leaving Perth on Sunday at noon, I’ll arrive two nights later around 7am in Adelaide. I’m curious. I should have a window seat, […]

Aussie budget estimate

After only a few days in Perth I can legitimately say: ouch. I’m spending way too much per day. Even if I don’t consider the phone chips that cost a lot on the first day, the taxi from the airport, as well as the few things I needed for my two-day train trip, I’m way […]

Summer in Perth

I feel my stay in Perth will be a lazy one. Very lazy. I met up with Clint the other day and we basically just walked from café to bar to café. It was great to catch up. He moved to Perth from Auckland some six month ago, and just found a new job in […]

Cottesloe Beach

45 degrees. It hits you like a hammer. Thank god it’s a dry heat. I arrived on the hottest day of the year. OK, it’s January, 5th. The hottest day of summer, so far. Thank god for air conditioning. I met my host Kathy, as well as her partner Costa, in their nice apartment in the […]

Indian Ocean

I was a bit afraid of taking that long over-water flight from Dubai to Perth. It’s 99% over water, at night, and if I am scared of something in the world than that would be it. Not only with recent stories of planes disappearing and crashing over water… oh hell, yeah, exactly that! I just […]

Back to Australia

For the first time in this trip, I have changed my general direction of travel. I am no longer heading West, but backwards East, starting the third and last trip around the globe. Fewer stops this time – only Australia, Chile, Argentina and Brussels. But still a full circle. I figured I had lost two full days […]