Mate, how have you been? As you may know, we have a complicated relationship. Being born and raised in Perth, I was grateful for all the friendships I had. I remember the excitement of exploring both the city and nature, and also the sense of community it holds. However, the last couple of years I became irritated by the lack of nightlife. I became frustrated with the lack of excitement, and the slow pace of life. BUT living abroad and travelling for the past couple of years has made me realise how beautiful Perth really is. It made me realise how incredibly lucky I actually am for getting to live in this city.
I love how Perth is continuously sunny all year round, with the picture-perfect sunsets by the ocean. I miss my coastal runs where I get to aimlessly stare at the horizon and watch the pretty colours being painted in the sky. The relaxed vibe of this city shows a slower pace of life, with no worries in the world.
The one misconception of Perth is that people assume it’s small, or it even gets mistaken as a village. With a population of over two million people, this is far from the case. Sure, it might not be as metropolitan as other cities, but this is also the advantage of living in Perth: you can have a perfect lifestyle balance between the city and nature. We take our beaches for granted and the hiking trails are not too far away from the city. You can quickly find yourself completely surrounded by nature.
This is also the advantage of living in Perth: you can have a perfect lifestyle balance between the city and nature. We take our beaches for granted and the hiking trails are not too far away from the city. You can quickly find yourself completely surrounded by nature.
How Perth is Finding an Alternative Night Out
Nevertheless, the laid back scene in Perth has created a massive food culture scene. With cafes, restaurants, and bars popping up everywhere, there is always a reason to go out for brunch or check out the new kid on the block. As summer is approaching, twilight food markets and market stalls are making a mark in town. With a vibrant food and artistic scene, Perth is finding an alternative night out.
You may think Perth is a sleepy city, but there are endless of beaches with glistening clear water to choose from. Alternatively, there is an amazing selection of wineries to go wine hopping from. When you have the option to stop by the chocolate factory or take advantage of the cheese tastings, it’s also hard to say no. With a selection of events ranging from art, music, theatre and sport, the options are endless. Clearly, it’s not hard to fall in love with this city, because it offers you many worlds in one.
I will always call Perth home, no matter how slow pace the city is. The fresh air, the sunny days, the clear beaches, fresh food and the perfect sunset are some of the reasons why I call this place home. No matter where in the world I find myself, there is no place like home.
With all my love,
The Love Letter Project
The Globonaut Love Letter Project is a team effort by international travel enthusiasts that examines the fascinating relationship between cities and people. We explore how people make a city come alive, but also how a city becomes part of who you are. Most of all, the Love Letter Project is a celebration of strong local bonds in an age of rapid globalisation, showing how local and global aren’t necessarily opposite terms.