11.01.2013 - 15.01.2013 40 °C
'Oh Australia...it's the land of golden beaches, bright blue sky and crystal sea. Oh Australia, oh Australia - if you just ignore the bushfires, deadly spiders, poisonous snakes, vicious crocodiles and stingrays, lethal jellyfish and sharks it's the place to be.' from Australia, by Folk On.
We arrived in Perth early Friday morning. The sky was Western Australia's usual vast summer blue, it was 20 degrees Celsius (at 5.30am), and the coffee was expensive. Yep, we were back.
As we drove the road home I had a sense of returning to everything familiar which was now different...but it wasn't...but it was .
Three days later Kobi and I meandered around the streets of York (York, Western Australia not York, UK) in an attempt to a) manage the jet lag (that didn't work) and b) re-adjust to our surroundings (that worked - a bit).
While I'm still wishing we didn't have to come home, I'm also dreaming about the next overseas adventure and mentally preparing for my return to work.
I've decided to be happy to be back.
We first heard the song 'Australia' by Folk On while we were in the UK. It's like a new romance; we feel the need to share how clever, witty and fabulous we think they are with anyone who shows a passing interest - and in fact even with those who don't.
Australia (the song) and Dorothea McKellar's My Country (a poem almost every Australian school kid had to read at least once) make me smile and make me kinda proud. I love the classic poem and the funny-cos-it's-true song because both capture what I love about Australia.
I love that this is a country of contradictions and contrasts; what makes it difficult is what makes it beautiful (and vice versa, etc etc and so forth).
I have returned with an appetite for more travel overseas. Oh yes, there will be more family adventuring. There will be more exploring in countries near and far.
Until then - I'll continue to blog about travelling local, here in Australia...because it is, as the song says, the place to be .