A noise, like a scream.
I opened my eyes, slowly waking up in a double size bed.
Light was coming from the window.
It took me about half second to reconnect my brain with the fact that I was in Down Under.
The sun was out. I remember thinking it must have been morning already, so, without even check at the time, I quickly got up, dress up, and went out from the front door to see what the surroundings looked like.
The house of my dad's cousin Cindy, was in Bentley a suburb of Perth, a quiet residential area.
The almost obsessive attention to detail of every house's front yard was the first thing that got my attention. The grass perfectly cut, without any fence to delineate someone property, a simple walkway made in concrete all the way straight to the front door and with the car perfectly parked on a side of the house, in front of the garage. It really reminded me about the town of the movie Edward Scissorhands.
I'm sure it is nothing special for all of you people living in USA/Canada or in many others western countries, but for someone who comes from Italy like me (if you have ever been there, you would know it) this is definitely not how a random residential street looks like!
Time to get serious now: What does everyone on this planet think straight away when they ear about Australia?
Yes, the weird and dangerous animals!
So, it would be very cool to say that in my first 30 seconds outside, I already stepped on some very dangerous crocodiles or poisonous snakes-spiders, but unfortunately this is not the case (So far!).
But in my first 30 seconds I did actually step on something new for me: A skinny-tall, white and black bird, with a strange looking beak.
It's something that in the following weeks I learned to be very common, call Australian White Ibis, but for all I knew at that time (nothing) I could have even been in front of one of the most rare animals on this planes, so I ran back inside the house to take my camera and took some pics:
Quite ugly, right?
Now, let's go back to the scream that woke me up, wasn't a person, wasn't a kid, wasn't a dog ran under a car. Was this dude here:
If you'll ever go to any cities in Australia, this is most likely what is going to wake you up every morning.
I definitely don't miss his sweet look, and his sweet voice.
Well this was my very productive first day, any regrets to be there? Missing home, family and friends?
Just one word: NOPE.
But after all this was just the first day, and when I started looking for a job the excitement for my "successes" was just a little different... stay tuned!
English is not my native language, and I have never studied it properly, I'm mostly a self taught.
I apologize in advance for any possible grammatical mistakes.
I'm still doing my best to improve! :)