There really are only two things that are good about winter. Christmas and skiing. Although I do admit that the latter is quite comfortable at the end of the season, when there is sun and a temperature that allows to enjoy a ride in a ski lift instead of packing up against a blizzard. Like March or April. And so, like many others, we decided to take a short break and went in search for summer-like temperatures. Which we found in Thailand. Again, like many others. Oh what a treat it was, spending two whole weeks in a country so close to the equator, visiting temples (2 or 3) and soaking up the tropical winter sun on the many gorgeous beaches (the rest of the time). It made me wonder if I could actually live in a country where there are only two main seasons: hot and hotter. The answer is, while I’m looking outside my window at yet another snowfall, yes, I most definitely could. Beach life is totally well spent on me.
Recently some of our friends moved to Sydney. Having found an apartment in Bondi Beach they rapidly adapted themselves to a whole new way of living which doesn’t include working long hours and rushing from place to place against a freezing gale. No, as soon as you pass the beach sign, life miraculously changes. Instead of living hour to hour you live mood to moment. People who live close to the ocean live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. Instead of working late to finish that one project, you leave a little earlier to catch the late afternoon surf. After all, tomorrow is early enough to work. Yes life is hard on some of us. Now I know that the grass is always greener on the other side. In this case down under. And let’s not forget that Sydney has its winters as well, though an average of 17C/63F is quite bearable. And we can’t all live in Australia or in equator countries for that matter. It would definitely change the average weight of our planet if all of a sudden we would decide to massively move to more tropical surroundings. But one can dream, no? Wouldn’t it be nice to never have the surprise of real cold? To always be able to go outside in nothing more than a T-shirt or light sweater? But coming back from Thailand, where the average year temperature is about 27C/81F, I know, deep in my heart, that there is something charming about going through the different seasons. And even though we believe we can do without cold winter temperatures, there is something magical charming about snowfall. And so, back in Europe and bracing us for another month of cold, we are also looking forward to that week of skiing in March. –BM-
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Cover photography by Calvin Brockington. Model: Shaun.
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