It's been hot in Australia. Although, not unusually so.People say that when someone brings up the weather a conversation falls into a deep hole of awkwardness that is ever so difficult to climb out of, and that whatever relationship you had with this person should be aborted immediately because you are clearly incapable of sharing interesting thoughts and expression with each other.
However, me bringing up the weather here is not a means to conjure a deafening silence, but rather to paint an image of summer in Australia. Foreign to most of the world, we are welcomed by a somewhat gentle warmth from mid November to February. Although this 'warmth' more than often is closer to a sweltering heat, summer never fails to make me smile.
Ok yes, not having school or university until the end of this month has caused a lot of my summer to be filled with disgusting hangovers, but when i'm not making poor alcohol fuelled decisions I have allowed summer to kiss me on the cheek so I could appreciate the beauty it brings. Differing from my 'summer' last year that was mostly spent in a cold French climate this summer brings new opportunities and adventures that can really only be enjoyed in sweltering heat.
So here's six totally random things to make the summer heat a little more bearable -
1. Buy a blowup pool
The best $49.95 I have ever spent. Thanks Big W, you have kept me cool (and sunburnt) this summer.
2. Go away to a beachy town for a few days
My Dad and I went to Goolwa, a little town about an hour outside of Adelaide where we ate fish and chips on the beach, went for early morning walks and hikes along the Heysen trail.
4. Check out your local art gallery
This is a really great way to escape the scorching heat. So before you pass out, head into this cool air-conditioned space and get in touch with the beautiful works of art around you.
5. Eat outside
There is nothing I love more than chilling outside with friends when the day's heat is slowly disappearing. Here my Gal Pal and I made a delicious wagu pasta and garlic bread to eat outside on perfect 28 degree night while drinking white wine and champagne like the classy 'adults' we are.
6. Don't eat it, Juice it!
On a hot 36 degree day homemade juice has the power to make everything better. Invite friends over and have a juicing day! If that sounds too boring for you, add vodka and turn it into a night party where you're summer lovin' with a fab group of friends.
Here we are drinking a mix of all the fruits I had in my fridge - watermelon, pineapple, apple and orange.
We also added a decent amount of soda water to cool it down instantly and make the fruity flavours a bit more interesting.
Don't lock yourself away during the summer like I have done many times. Get out there, see friends, be happy!