|An unconventional view of the city centre - Jan Augustin Photography|
But some things will never change, and this is one of the most frustrating parts of living here: it is crazy far from everywhere. In fact, Perth has the reputation of being the most isolated city in the world. Obviously there is no precise way to define this, but even those who would want to argue about it would surely agree that Perth is extremely isolated. It's a biggish city (nearly up to 2 million people now) and to get to another biggish city you need to fly for over three hours. Driving to another capital city takes days. And in between, there's desert. Lots of it.
|Perth skyline by night - Jan Augustin Photography|
But I think that being so isolated has also made Perth into the kind of city it is. It's pretty relaxed; it's mostly friendly. We don't really expect anyone to come and see us and are pleasantly surprised when they do. It's a pretty rich city thanks to the mines scattered across the state, and if we had that kind of wealth without the isolation, I reckon it could get way too snobby.
Being a travel blogger who's based in Perth is really not an ideal combination. But there's that sword again: it's one of the reasons why my blog is focused more on why people should travel and what kind of life lessons you can learn from travelling. If I was still living in the middle of Europe this would probably be just another destination blog, but I much rather this waffly, philosophical version.
People make up a city, and your city makes your person, to some extent, as well. Even though you might sometimes hear me say that I wish I lived closer to the rest of the world, I probably don't really mean it. I'll try and stop saying it, I think!
Has your hometown made you who you are? Would you change it, or swap it? Let me know in the comments.
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