Give me pen and paper and I'm happy. You'll often find me sipping skinny cappuccinos in various cafes around Perth, writing about anything and everything.
Perth is known for its sunny weather, beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere, but for the people who reside in this gorgeous city of ours, it's not always paradise and good times. There are a few things that frustrate the hell out of Perth residents, but that we have come to accept as a part of living in the West. Here are five of my personal favourites. Let me know what you think of them, and add any of your own to the comments box below.
When international artists announce they will be touring Australia, we Perthians have learnt not to get too excited, too quickly. Chances are that while the tour promoters says "Australia", what they actually mean is "All of Australia except the West coast", or, more accurately, "Every capital city in Australia except Perth".
While this trend is slowly changing, and we're seeing more and more famous acts actually including the world's most isolated capital on their tour list, it's unfortunately pretty widely accepted that when it comes to music, culture and the arts, Perth tends to miss out on a fair bit.
Luckily for those of us who do reside in the West, resources aren't the only thing this beautiful State of ours is rich in. The amount of home-grown talent cropping up is phenomenal - from local comedy heroes like Corey White, who regularly perform at The Comedy Lounge, to musical talents like Perth boy-band Beside Lights, to international successes like John Butler, Rove McManus, and Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs, there is no shortage of local talent or entertainment. Perth even has its own Fashion Week now, which is certainly a step toward putting us on the world stage.
Despite being a city populated by over two million people, Perth really can feel like a small country town. It's the sort of place where the expression six degrees of separation is all too relevant. As a young single person this can be incredibly frustrating, as chances are that cute guy you gave your number to on the weekend is your ex-boyfriend's brother's best mate, or used to date your sister's ex-boyfriend's mum, and is therefore off limits.
Although I guess it's unfair to say that this is a Perth-specific issue. Since the growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, the trend has never been more apparent. A simple online search can allow you to find out anything you could ever want to know about a person. With access to mutual friends, incriminating photographs and flirty wall posts at the click of a button, the mystery of meeting someone new is often sapped before you can say "have you seen my latest status update?"
The Sun Doesn't Stop Shining Just Because You Have To Work
While the almost perpetual sunshine makes Perth a brilliant place for holiday makers and care-free sun-seekers, for the majority of the West Australian workforce the perfect weather can almost seem like a taunt. While they are hard at work, the ocean sparkles enticingly, its delicious cool water and barrelling waves just begging to be played in. It's no wonder that Australians have become synonymous with the laid-back tradition of the "sickie", also known as taking a day off work, claiming to be ill but actually being perfectly healthy.
Compared with capital cities like London, where tubes run every two minutes, and even closer to home in Melbourne, where the availability of trams adds an extra, convenient option for getting around the city, Perth's public transport system leaves quite a lot to be desired. If your bus or train is running late and you miss a connection, you can often be waiting around for an hour before the next one arrives. Sometimes you'll have to wait for a couple of trains to come and go before you can actually fit on in the morning s, and there is no guarantee that the odour of the person next to you won't make you feel like putting your head in a bucket of manure for a bit of olfactory relief. Most buses are also followed by Transperth security vehicles now, after a few incidents where rocks were thrown through the windows at drivers. The taxi option isn't all that much better, as sometimes you can be standing in the cold after a night out for what feels like hours waiting for one to show up.
Although it could be worse. The state government is planning to invest almost $4 billion in a 20-year public transport plan. Plus they've already given us the Perth to Mandurah line, which I have known both tourists and locals to make a bit of a day trip out of. And while it can be frustrating having to wait for a bus, the Transperth website is easy to use, and their staff are usually very helpful. Provided you've paid for your ticket, I've only ever known them to be more than happy to help you out when you're confused by timetables or just downright lost.
If you want a meal after 9pm – forget it! And what do you mean weekend trading?
Being two hours behind the rest of the country (and for part of the year, three, when you factor in that daylight savings was voted out in WA) is hard enough when you're dealing with companies from the eastern States. What hurts even more, though, is when we hear glorious stories from our eastern counterparts about their restaurants being open past midnight, of late-night shopping every night and even on Sundays. If you want to go out for dinner in Perth, most restaurants will close their kitchen at 9pm, sometimes earlier, so if you don't have your order in by then you can go hungry.
Perth is slowly catching up to the rest of the country, though. My local Coles is now open until 9pm every weeknight, the city is open after 12pm on Sundays, and I've even been to a Grill'd Burgers place in Claremont and ordered at 9.30pm without being turned away. In a few years time we might even have another referendum and vote daylight savings back in.
While it is easy to gripe on about the more maddening things about living in Perth, those of us who call this city home know how lucky we are to be living surrounded by beautiful beaches, glorious sunshine and endless activities for the whole family. Sure, the topics covered above are annoying, but they're worth putting up with to enjoy this unique Perth lifestyle.
If you've got something of your own that you love to hate about Perth, I'd love to hear it! Just type it in the comment box below.