Change of Seasons

One of the many things that is common for Northern to Southern Hemisphere expats is that the seasons are opposite from what you’re used to. So Christmas is HOT when it’s supposed to be cold. As it is spring here in Australia now, I see this when I walk outside:

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However, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is fall or autumn (as the rest of non-American‘s call it). So you’re reality is something like this:

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Both are equally beautiful. Both have significant changes involved. With spring, the hope of new beginnings.

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With autumn, reflective moments as crops have been harvested and vegetation is dying. Children have only recently gone back to school and the rhythm of life is perhaps more structured.

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It has been a long, cold winter in Sydney and we’re oh so ready for sunshine, warmth and being outside. For kids it is only a few short months until summer break and going to the beach, so this time of year signals the gateway to freedom. The pace is picking up.

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The differences are diametrically opposed, just like the seasons. When you talk with family and friends from ‘Home’ then you may get a big case of homesickness at change of seasons because of these radical opposites. Somehow it takes years/decades to adjust to this opposite reality.

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4 Responses to Change of Seasons

  1. Great blog! We are experiencing our first Aussie Xmas- a huge difference from northern Canada. It isn’t our first in a warm climate (Caribbean once) or even southern hemisphere (last year in Argentina) but first where we weren’t just on a shirt holiday respite from the cold. It s hard to remember it is Xmas in this weather!

  2. It sounds like you’ve lived around the globe — Fantastic! The way things were this weekend, we might be up for an “all season” Christmas and holiday season. If you get a chance, please let me know what things are happening in Wagga.

    • Haven’t lived around the globe – just Canada and Aus, but seen much of it. Wagga is good…it is funny seeing Xmas decorations going up though, as much of it seems so out of place. The lighted-wire reindeer on front lawns, for example. Those made sense to me in a snowy climate, but not here. The best thing here though is probably that the mall in CBD has a human-sized snow globe people can go in to have their photo taken. In the few times I have passed it, no one was in it. We are tempted, just so we can get a kitschy photo to send back home.
      I recently went north to the edge of the Blue Mountains and a lot of the towns I passed through had large artificial trees in the town square – most not even trees, but just cone-shaped things made of lights really – and they are surrounded by beautiful blooming flower beds. It seems odd that southerners have adopted northern-climate icons (pine trees, snow) that they know nothing about.

  3. Great pictures, and reflections, too!

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