Living in Brisbane, a steamy subtropical city 900 kilometres North of Sydney, makes coming home to the coast all the more alluring. Instead of over an hour’s drive to catch a wave it’s a short distance downhill from my parents home to the ocean. Quickly reminding me how much that proximity can change your whole way of life. I try and kid myself when I’m living inland that it’s no biggie but as soon as I feel the salt on my skin and stretch out over the first dive in the water I’m hooked; plotting ways to rearrange my current student life into a hasty return to seaside living.
Then of course there’s the food, as access to the ocean means super fresh seafood. Even when you are sitting on the beach it’s possible to order octopus salad, fresh fish burgers, locally caught squid and the obligatory hot chip chaser. Just try competing with the resident sea gulls. My folks also have a great local fish shop where we are aiming to choose only Australian sustainable seafood – like sea mullet and sardines; giving the flick to catastrophic tuna and atlantic salmon farming. Let alone the regular catch from my Dad’s lifelong passion for fishing in the nearby harbour system.
Australia might be one huge island with a massive dry desert in the middle but it’s easy to see why so many of us are falling over each other to live on the coast!
Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard Roxas-Mendoza