I complained the whole way through this past summer. I hated the heat this year and
really cherished those few days when a cool change finally came through. Luckily
for me, some of my friends shared the same sentiment. Together we complained and
stayed out of direct sunlight except for at golden hour.

Alex came back to Sydney at the end of December. His return made the intolerable
heat a little less hellish and the warm nights filled with more laughter and
silliness than I could have anticipated. He returned to Spain over a month ago and
I miss him very much.



Over Christmas I drove up to Queensland to spend time with my family. Thanks to
the failing air conditioning in my tiny car, I became reacquainted with the
strength of the Queensland sun and the hideousness of highways during the
Australian summer time. I also don't think it helps that I am a short person so
have to be closer to the windscreen than most. I wore sunscreen and a big hat and
even created a makeshift curtain from my Hawaiian shirt on the window. My mum
told me on arrival this was probably illegal and a very dangerous practice.
Sans the terrible air conditioning situation, driving through small town NSW and a
very unknown mountainous region in Queensland was really the best. I loved seeing
all the animals and wide open spaces and watching The Polar Express in my road
side motel. I was really struck by how carefree and happy people seemed to be
outside of Sydney and I haven't quite been able to shake the realisation since.

Another unforgettable experience was the very strange airbnb I stayed at in
Brisbane with my friend, Steph. The house had almost zero furniture and 'smelt
like an armpit'. In terms of the singular 2 seater couch and small tv across the
other side of the room, Steph likened it to a newly moved into share house
occupied by 18 year old boys. It was creepy and smelt badly, but I guess it's my
own fault for booking the cheapest accomodation in Brisbane I could find (sorry

I arrived back in Sydney for the new year with all the really hot days and my
subsequent complaining still ahead of me.