The Australian new wave rock group Men At Work released their hit song, ‘Down Under’, in 1980. Topping charts around the world, their song solidified an image into the minds of many the essence of Australia. Attractive women, storms that force you to seek shelter, the endless flow of beer and of course, vegemite sandwiches. The land of plenty offers much to its inhabitants, enticing those from far and wide to experience it for themselves.
“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear”
– Edgar Allan Poe
Judging by marketing campaigns and foreigners’ thoughts on Australia, our biggest asset is the weather. Magnificently sunny days full of clear blue skies day after day, week after week. It’s true, we’re blessed with great weather conditions that allows us to walk around in shorts, a t-shirt and a pair of thongs (they go on the feet). So you can imagine how well we cope in the cold.
Not very well at all.
I’m sitting here typing this on my bed, sunshine filtering through the window, rugged up in jeans, a shirt, a woollen jumper and a pair of moccasins – very comfy. A few mornings ago my car’s windshield had even iced over, an event that was new to me. After thinking how cool it was (excuse the pun), I cursed it for making my trip to work that much difficult. As you can see it’s not all sunshine and rainbows here in Oz.
It’s the bad that makes good things even better. We’ll suffer the freezing cold of Winter and enjoy the warmth of Summer and complain the whole time. “It’s so hot”, “It’s too cold”, “I wish it’d warm up a bit”. For anyone wanting to visit Australia, I offer some advice – come during our Summer when you can really appreciate the weather down under.