My Mid-Summer Day’s Winter

100_6161Australia has brought me to say things I never thought I’d say.

Winter in Australia has just enough of everything that it carries the best of every season.

  • It gets just cold enough in the nights to merit wearing cozy socks yoga pants to bed under heavy, warm blankets.
  • It gets just warm enough during the day to wear light layers and go for a comfortable walk to town.
  • There are days of perfect running weather – not so hot that you sweat like a horse, and not so cold that you wish you couldn’t feel your face.
  • There are days of perfect sit on the couch with a hot cuppa weather – cold enough for comfy-cozies, warm enough to enjoy wearing them. 100_6156
  • Winter sports are rugby and soccer (neither of which have any true need for snow).
  • If you get the hankering for a snow-man – you can drive a few hours, play for a bit, and leave the snow behind you.
  • Flowers are everywhere all the time – none of this mono-tone dreariness of snow-bound cities and plains. 100_6138

I went for a meander outside today. Walked down the street towards all the shops. I passed yard after yard full of grass and flowers and life. The sun was warm enough to coax me out of my jacket as I admired the loveliness all around me. I didn’t see even one sign of the stereotypical and symbolic death associated 100_6157winter. Everything around me breathed new life and fragrance.

Soaking in the silence of solitude and the beauty of small-town Australia, I decided something. It is high-time I gave up my life-long feud with the final life-cycle of the seasons. So here it goes: I like winter.

Dear America

I’ve been thinking of you while I’ve been away here in Australia. There are a few things I miss if I’m honest. I miss the fact that it’s in the 80’s right now, while I am sitting in sweaters and socks in a 58’F house. I miss my friends, my boyfriend, my immediate family, etc. I miss summer dance in the park in Chicago, and a few of the other comforts of “home” so to speak.

But let me tell you about what you’ve been missing out on. For one “Gold Class Cinemas”: a wondeful and beautiful new world where there are a maximum of 50 people in a theatre, the seats are plush recliners that lay you down in such a way that you can completely relax and yet not have to strain your neck to see the screen. O and you can order off a gourmet menu before the showing and they bring you your request on a tray during the movie…yeah, USA, we are missing out!

And what about Tim Tams?! (for you poor souls that just said, “Tim who?”, I’ll explain.) Tim Tams are the ultimate chocolate-lover’s dream cookie/biscuit/thing…Two approximately 3 inch-long chocolate crackers sandwiching a creamy chocolate filling, all overed in a layer of poured chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an Oreo fan myself, but Tim Tams have Oreo’s beat hands-down; no cheating, no name-calling, no questions asked.

Which brings me to number 3 – real ‘football’. No, not soccer (though they have that too), I mean rugby. I just watched the first game of the “State of Origin” series. The NRL has the NFL looking like a bunch of woossies (no offense, watch a game and maybe you’ll understand what I mean.) Maybe instead of the Super Bowl we should celebrate the final game of the Rugby World Cup (keep the funny commercials).

All that to say, I’m really enjoying my time here. =) I’m not saying Australia is better than you, but there may be a few things you could learn (and a few things that might come back with me in my suitcase).

Keep in touch!

Janelle