Well, not this exactly. This is not a good example of a Perth beach. It’s a good example of what happens when the weather has been terrible for a long time and the sand is still covered in winter seaweed, but not a good example of what Perth’s beaches are really like. Soon the beaches will be pristine, covered in fine white sand, beach towels, and tanned bodies, but no seaweed.
Today is the first warm day in forever. It hit 28.2C in the city, after hovering around 20-22ish for what seems like the last five months. We didn’t have a particularly cold winter this year, but the drizzle and clouds and generally miserable, shitty weather has been hanging around far beyond its welcome. Today has been nice, though.
I went down to Port Beach (my favourite Perth beach, even though there are others closer to home) for a quick swim and sun bathe (bake. Australians don’t bathe in the sun, they bake in it. I was wearing lots of sunscreen!) and totally forgot that it’s school holidays right now, so there were a thousand screaming children everywhere and a group of boys kicked their footy at me (probably not at me, but it ended up on my towel) and then their mum told them off for tackling each other. On the sand. The soft sand on the beach. The kids weren’t allowed to tackle each other on the soft sand on the beach. What is wrong with people today?
It probably wasn’t quite warm enough to be swimming, but I had to make the most of the nice weather, because oh my gosh, you guys, I’m leaving Australia on December 4th for a whole year.
I leave Perth even earlier – late November some time (that part of the trip isn’t booked yet). I will get exactly 3 days, 11 hours, and 55 minutes of Australian summer this coming season, and it will be mostly spent in Brisbane, where summer is rainy and humid and generally unpleasant.
So, I must make the most of the nice weather while it lasts – which it isn’t going to, by the way. We’re back down to temperatures in the early 20s, complete with rain and clouds and bullshit, from tomorrow.
But, yeh. This is happening. Shit = real. I’m going to go live in New York for a year. How about that? I’m going to post more about the leaving/visa/travel process once I have time to do so. Right now I’m frantically thesising because I have an official date on which I will be leaving the country and no longer wish to be thesising by that time.
But hey, New York -based folks doing amazing things with culture and social life and technology, please give me a job.