Christmas in the middle of summer is kind of wrecking my head. Hearing ads on telly for getting great christmas deals to start your summer off with a bang is rather disconcerting. As is seeing things like this (taken at Darling Harbour on Saturday):
Of course, after a couple of weeks of regular 40 degree sunny weather before I arrived, Sydney seems to have decided to be a bit Irish in terms of the weather now. This is what Manly Beach looks like at the moment:
Everywhere I've been is, understandably enough, fairly touristy but still I've been in one or two nice shops, including braintree hemp, which was selling real soap, something that isn't as easy to find as one might think. Now to find a lovely piece of aboriginal art to take home with me that won't break the bank.
I slept the night through last night for the second time since getting here, although I didn't actually get to sleep until about 2 o'clock. Jet lag is kind of kicking my ass but that might also partly be just trying to relax after an extremely busy few months. Hooray for long holidays!