“The most remote city in the world” loses its anonymity; Search for flight MH370 remains puts Perth puts in on global map
I first visited Perth, Western Australia, in 1985. I was on a (business) speaking tour of Australia and Singapore. That’s when I learned that this was supposedly “the most remote city in the world.”
About 19 years ago, shortly after I had penned the piece “When Cultures Collide…,” which was later published by the Washington Times. I set out to find an ideal spot on this planet where my children and grandchildren could live in peace, in case the U.S. had a violent break up, the way Bosnia was did in the early 1990s.
After much research and several trips around the world, I eventually settled on southwest Australia. In 1996, I bought beautiful property about three hours south of Perth on a peninsula between Dunsborough and Yallingup (Naturaliste, named after the French ship that discovered it in 1800 ). I designed the house in the Australian bush-style with my own hands, and then turned it over to a local architect to do the engineering specs.
With a help of a friend from Sydney, who was the first guest at the house when it was finished in 1998, I named this magical place “The Bolt Hole.” Because it was our hideaway from the world.
But my children never took to it. Even for them, it was too remote. So it 2005, I sold the place. It broke my heart to do it. But I had to keep reminding myself that the Bolt Hole was never meant for myself. I did not expect to see the US break up in my lifetime.
Now I am not so sure anymore…