After one of those nights of hostel hanging Sie Germans (4 massive guys), Dick and I thought it would be a good idea to do something useful and get the early ferry to Rottnest Island.
For the people who have been there, have heard how amazing it is, or have actually seen how amazing it is and the stories of people who still rave on about it,…don’t get your hopes up. We missed it. And yes, I am aware what a shame this is. But you try and wake up 5 hung over guys at 6 am. I kicked, screamed and yelled at them how I knew this was going to happen. But by the time I scrambled them together, all of them had half an hour shower each and we broke most speed limits, we could see the people on the ferry wave at us merrily as they sped off. Since this day people just randomly tell me how great Rottnest island was when they went there, everywhere I go. The guys were in too much pain to care and we left for Scarborough beach instead.
See I’m from Holland, where the murky brown/greyish water is considered a nice day at the beach. You’re lucky that on a hot summers day, you only share the beach with 1,5 million other people. Hoping that the temperature change in the water is indeed related to sun and not because the mass needed a pee to avoid the 50ct toilet charge. But this beach here, WOW! The bluest water I have ever witnessed and such fine, almost white sand. Amazed by the view, Dick came up and said this was nothing compared to what we were going to see. Even better beaches? I guess I’ll find out soon enough.
Later that day I finally met the Mark at the hostel. He heard Dick and I were heading up the coast and he couldn’t resist coming.
*Dick and Mark met in Cairns previously and they travelled through New Zealand together.
Mark is from a very small famous town in Holland with an accent to match. Very easy going. So easy, that at first I thought he was just holding back with interfering in our trip plans. But turned out he really was not fussed about anything. He had saved up everything he had for the last 5 years for this trip and literary had all the time in the world. We met so many awesome people that week, I wish everyone could have come.
The car had been fixed and it was time to go. Our last night the whole hostel group went out to ‘The Shed’. A little Australian style club favoured by backpackers. What started as a quiet one out, ended in an all nighter with just one hour sleep. I found out that Dick had taken my bed together with two other girls. Good for him, not so good for me. That bed was mine too and I sat outside for ages hoping he would be finished by now, finding out later they had all fallen asleep. GGRRRR! But what can you do? Ben was still up, so we got some Hungry Jacks (Australian version of Burger King) for breakfast and I dragged him along to see the sunrise over the Swan river. He gave me this ” Are you insane?!” look at first, but came with me anyway ( It’s romantic! Just go with it for crying out loud) Sunrises are my favourite thing in the world next to star gazing. They will always be there to watch, but still every sunrise is more unique than the last. This one was particularly special because it was my first sunrise in Australia and I got to share it with Ben. Who I really fancied the shit out of at that time. Had revised this cheesy gesture and decided it wasn’t too bad at all. I dare to say, I think he enjoyed it. He brought his guitar, I brought my camera and we enjoyed our greasy breakfast talking about all kinds of things. Walking back to his room singing along to crappy, soppy songs on my Ipod. Aaahh the cute brief romance during hostel life. All worth feeling like absolute shite the next day.
That night we packed up the van and had a big leaving bbq with everyone we met that week in the park before we left. Very sad for me. This was my first time in saying goodbye’s. I feel a bit embarrassed looking back on this night now. There I was, balling my eyes out over people I had met a week ago. But then again some people can make such a difference in your life. And funnily enough, I am still in touch with almost all of them. But now it was time to really hit the road.