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fremantle

after leaving perth there are no big cities to speak of in western australia. with a population of 10.000, fremantle is still one of the bigger ones. the atmosphere is relaxed, a lot of creative people live here or pass through and half of the people seem to be on holiday. the streets are filled with people sitting in cafés, on their way to go shopping or hanging out in the park.

i ended up at the pirates hostel and stayed over a month. the first week i got accustomed to the hostel life again, was working in a timber yard and drinking more than during the whole last year travelling through asia.

the day before christmas we grabbed our guitars and a couple of drinks and went to the nearby beach and had an early celebration…

ending up in the morning watching the sunrise with a box of goon, australian slang for cheap wine mostly sold in boxes of 2 or 4 litres.

at the hostel they tried very hard to get the christmas spirits flying with decorations and grabbing some drunk carol singers from the street.

with a hangover from the day earlier we started on christmas day to the beach to celebrate like the australians do. a couple of drinks and a barbeque and that´s how we rolled….

the new year we celebrated also on the beach and later in the hostel. the day after things calmed down a little. i took over the night manager position at the hostel just to save the cost for the accommodation. and i found back to reading again. for example walter moers’ the city of dreaming books.

since books are also expensive, i was glad that the local library offered a temporary membership. after being dependent on what was lying around on trading shelfs in guesthouses or second hand bookstores, it was wonderful to just type in a title in the library’s search engine and see if it is available.

a couple of good musicians and artists filled the streets in the centre everyday. and we also had some talent among us. naomi, one of the girls from the hostel giving a concert at the south beach one afternoon. listen.

it takes only several minutes to different beaches in and around fremantle and hardly a day passed without at least a short visit. here with the pirate superhero crew.

time felt so rich because of the many people around but also seemed to pass by so quickly. since i left europe, australia is the country closest when it comes to how daily life works. to go with the flow doesn’t get you to the most interesting places but rather to ones well known. it is more effort needed to explore. but that won’t stop a superhero!!

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perth

after collecting the bicycle and a check at the customs if any soil from another continent was still sticking to my tires, i rolled out the airport just before sunrise. one feels immediately that it is another continent. the differences aren’t that big. there are still trees, houses, streets and people but the vegetation and smells are unique, the faces different as well as the crisp blue sky.

i asked for directions from the airport into perth and made the first experience that people are as helpful over here as i encountered mostly on this trip. two people were taking their time to explain the best way by bike and organized a map for me.  as i made a detour over a median stripe, i made the first encounter with the different vegetation, seeds with spikes that are worse than driving through glass shards. i had two flat tires within the first hour. i used the break to calm down and take in the new impressions. afterwards i was driving through the suburbs of perth. everyone was still asleep and it was an unreal feeling passing all that houses that looked alike with their neat lawns, fences, gardens and 2 cars parked in front and not a soul in the streets.

i ended up in northbridge, the hostel area of perth. i wasn’t that happy in the first days about the change from indonesia to australia. the hostel life with people mostly occupied with themselves, about their job, money and not knowing where to go next or how to get their second year visa had little to do with why i went travelling. after 2 days i had enough and continued along the swan river.

one of the good things in australia is the infrastructure which includes cycle paths. there was one all along the river towards the sea and then straight into the centre of fremantle.