It’s now been over two months since I moved to Perth! It’s gone so fast but I’m starting to feel a lot more settled and have also had a chance to get to know the city a bit better. Everybody loves a good list post so today I thought I’d share 5 things that I have learnt whilst living in Perth.
1. You get used to hot weather.
The first week I was here the temperatures were in the high 30s every day (Celsius, topping about 100 Fahrenheit for you Americans), I found it unbearable. I hated feeling constantly sweaty and too hot. But it soon became very normal, living in a constant state of sweat became my reality. Whilst I’m always thankful for air conditioning, I can tolerate the heat a lot better now. Last week was cooler and we didn’t get over about 22 degrees and I felt cold, having to dig out my jeans and sweaters.
2. People take AFL very seriously.
The season is only just beginning but the talk of ‘footy’ is everywhere. You see a lot of people in supporters gear out and about and I’ve even seen a Freemantle Dockers flag flying outside of someone’s house. As a Kiwi having heard absolutely nothing about rugby does seem pretty odd.
3. There is no dirt, only sand.
This was one of my very first observations about Perth, anywhere that I would be used to be seeing dirt, such as around road works or on empty sections, is just sand. Not much more to say about that just that everything is sand, and as a girl from a suburb built on top of a swamp, that’s pretty weird.
4. Having a pool isn’t impressive.
When meeting new people I’m always pretty proud to say where I’m living has a pool. It seems pretty fancy and special to me seeing as back home only fancy, special people have pools at home. But here no one is ever very impressed, it’s far too normal (if not essential), to have pool here. I still feel special!
5. The Swan River creates a mysterious divide.
Perth has quite a large and widespread metropolitan area that is divided by the Swan River. The river divides the city in a way that means things are referred to as “North of the River” or “South of the River”. Most Perth locals you meet are very quick to tell you whether they live NOR or SOR (look at me go with the lingo), and there seems to be some kind of secret rivalry or need for defensiveness between the two. It’s all a bit of a mystery to me!
If you have any questions about living in Perth or moving overseas in general, leave a comment below, I’d love to answer them in a future post!