More from our granddaughter in Australia.
She found the celebration during Christmas be be on a lighter note than we affect here. The people dress up in costumes (i.e. Halloween) and gather in the big Sydney Park (their version of Central Park in N.Y.) to attend a big parade. The lucky ones arrive early, mark their spot and wait under an umbrella. They bring their towels and sunscreen to mitigate the heat and sun.
Leah has fallen in love with the city of Sydney, fascinated by the architecture, an eclectic mix that ranges from beautiful old sandstone buildings to neighborhood shops in art deco buildings, others in a style reminiscent of buildings in Paris and California. There are also many very modern buildings.
The weather in Sydney, at least in the summer (our winter) changes very quickly. It can start out chilly, then get very hot, then rain, then get sunny and hot and then cold again. So, she explains, they always pack a sweater or jacket.
She has fallen in love with many of the other aspects of life down under, with one big exception; they have a huge cockroach population. She probably doesn’t remember her days in Texas. Anyway, she woke up one night to see a huge roach run past her nose and over the pillow. Her scream awakened her husband, Jon, who promised to save her if it happened again. She also mentioned she ran into a rat in the subway. This part of her Australia adventure (she says) actually made me nostalgic for New York.
More in another blog.