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