we often talk about our travels and reminisce about the places we were at this time last year …
Now that we’ve been back in Austria for almost four months we often talk about our travels and reminisce about the places we were at this time last year. Christmas in Summer was a very special experience for us and we’d like to share those memories with you and like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Just a few days after we arrive in Hobart it’s Christmas. We’d already lost our sense of season way back when we seamlessly jumped from the Canadian autumn to the Hawaiian summer. We then travelled back to springtime in New Zealand and now it’s summer in Australia for us. That doesn’t leave much of a chance for Christmas spirit to develop.
The first Christmas decorations greeted us right after we left Honolulu, around the end of October, in Auckland. After we had been spoiled with the temperatures in Hawaii we were unlucky with the weather in New Zealand. It was cold, rainy and rather unpleasant. Christmas time seemed plausible then. It was only after the crossing from the South to the North Island that the weather became milder and the clothing lighter. By the time we had gotten to Sydney we had completely arrived in summer and the rest of the Christmas feelings had worn off. The rather long to-do-list and the chaos with the leaky house did the rest.
We spend Christmas Eve at the beach, in the evening we go to a Steakhouse for dinner and then try to bring some Austrian Christmas spirit into our house in Taroona.
Ian and Cindy, the parents of Emilia’s boyfriend Paul, invited us to join the great Cartwright Christmas party on the 25th of December at their house. The party starts at 12pm and continues until late at night. We spend a wonderful time with the loveliest people, the best gourmet food and a lot of fun. Thank you, Ian and Cindy, for inviting us to be part of this exciting day, a Christmas that will go down in history for us.
Boxing Day also marks the start of one of the most famous open sea regattas of the world – the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
On Boxing Day, the 26th of December, we take part in an annual Australian ritual: the Boxing Day sales. At our new residence in Taroona we’re missing a couple of essentials. We are happy to complete our household with an electric mixer, kitchen scales, bathroom scales, a kettle, a coffee machine (very important), a blow dryer and hair straightener (also very very important). Emilia is excited about every item we buy. Since we will not be able to take them back to Austria with us at the end of our stay, this is like a second Christmas for her.
Boxing Day also marks the start of one of the most famous open sea regattas of the world – the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. About one hundred yachts compete in the 630 nautical mile regatta that has been held annually since 1945.
Ian invited us to follow the finish of the two leading competitors aboard his sailing yacht. We join the Australian Super-Maxi Yacht Wild Oats XI on the final meters to its eighth victory in the last ten years. Hundreds of boats on the water and thousands of spectators on shore have gathered to welcome the winners. The atmosphere is incredible, the water is boiling and Wild Oats crosses the finish line with thunderous applause. A mere fifty minutes later the brand new American Super-Maxi Comanche reaches the finish.