The 26th of January is Australia Day. Its origin (landing of European in this continent) may not be all happy story but today it is a day to celebrate the diversity and the happy, friendly spirits that make Australia what it is. A parade is made up of groups representing cultural, ethnical, religious communities. Many people, even if they are not local residents, wear the flag of Australia and walk under the summer sun.
Cora & Ben
Claudia and her family came from Columbia to visit
It is not the ‘down, down’…
Melbourne is the art capital of Australia, after all. It pulls off with style.
Royal Australian Air Force ‘Roulettes’ put on an amazing acrobatic flight show in the sky at length.
As the sun sets, everyone came to Docklands and sat around in the warm air.
How did you enjoy your Australia Day?
The most recent heat wave kept the city hot for a whole week. I have never seen Melbourne’s top temperature hitting 40 degrees every day for 5 days straight! It was pretty tough. We kept indoors as much as possible, went home later when it was cooler (well, some people have air-con unlike me, I suppose…).
How did you handle the heat?
Those people made the best of it by watching the Australian Open Tennis on the big screen in Federation Square. Skin cancer? You live only once! Well, good luck with your fighting the illness in your middle age, boys and girls.
Everything seems to have lost their colours; there was the bright and there was the shadow.
Reading by the water at sunset was probably the best way to enjoy the summer in Melbourne. During the sunny hours, stay in the shade, take a nap, and then when the sun goes down and breeze starts to move the air a bit, head out, walk slow, and enjoy the colours that finally fill the world.
Melbourne is back to cool again this week. We pulled on wind jacket again, and walked on the sunny side of the street again. But it seems there will be a few more days of warm ones to come. Probably not as hot as it was last week. But the summer is not yet over in Melbourne this year.