Experiencing Summer Down Under
While from where I came from, January is one of those months where the breeze gives you that little chill that will entice you to wear something thicker than usual. Down under, it is completely the opposite. Since December, we have been experiencing crazy high temperatures that even goes up to 45 degrees Celsius - think about experiencing heatwaves every now and then.
It not the 45degree weather that surprised me actually, but how the temperature rapidly changes from very hot to chilly on the same day. I remember a couple of weeks back, I had to go out of the house all layered up -cause it is 13 degrees cold outside. Then coming out of my 7AM- 4PM shift, the sun is shining so high that the heat is literally burning my skin. Just imagine how your immune system will react to that drastic temperature change!
Yet, despite those crazy temperature changes, I can still say that summer is probably the happiest season here, of all. On summer, everybody goes out - to either go picnic in the park, swim on the beach or basically just stroll everywhere. It is giving people more time, and more sunshine to gather with family and enjoy outdoors. For us, with beaches that are literally less than an hour away, we take time to go to the beach as much as we can. For most of the time, it is free.
Just like when we went to Avalon Beach and Coogee Beach for two consecutive weekends this month. Would you know that our recent Avalon Beach trip was the first time we ever swam on a Sydney Beach? No Kidding. Every time we go visit Bondi or Manly, we literally just went for a walk, took some photos, eat some fish and chips and just stroll! So it is, very very refreshing to finally feel the water.
Leon is too scared of the water, though. So we're enrolling him in swim school!
Anyways, apart from the beach and the neverending barbies (short for barbeque, mate!) that Aussies do back and forth, there are so many things that makes the summer season very very enjoyable. We get to enjoy longer daylight durimg summer. Did you know that the sun does not set until 830PM here? Yes. While on December the sun started setting at 7PM, I was surprised how the day just became longer after the new year. Crazier part? It is still so hot at 5 and 6 in the afternoon that you can just spend more time outdoors (if you don't mind getting all sweaty.
Tropical Fruits are here and they are cheaper I had to wait for summer for mango season! Yay! At this period, we can buy mangoes cheap (like a dollar per piece, while it was $5 each before summer). Grapes are cheaper too! Then fruits like peaches, lychees, nectarines are just everywhere - Leon and I are loving it. People are just generally happier - I don't know. Probably its the summer vibe that making people more excited and vibrant. You'll see them more inspired and more motivated.
Though spring and autumn will always be my favorite seasons, summer will always be the happiest cause it allows me to just do a lot of things - we get to do a lot of things together, as a family.
xx, The Mommy Roves