As the weather back in North America returns to normal, the weather in Melbourne is blowing me away in a less literal sense. Yesterday was a lovely 30 degree day (why are the nicest days always mid-week?), and today was a whopping 34. And it’s only springtime. I’d have been happy for a 20 degree day in Vancouver’s springtime!
In anticipation of Australian summer, I’ve been constantly heading beach-ward to take it all in before the masses start flocking. I literally can not get enough of the caramel coloured sand, blue water, and phenomenal sunsets. I know the beaches I’m used to in Vancity are pretty in their own sort of Canadian way, but the beaches here look great no matter what time of day it is, rain or shine.
Last weekend Luke and I took a walk down on the beach in Mount Martha, bringing Darcy along for the trip. It’s so entertaining to watch Darcy run around in the water, roll in the sand, and just love everything about the beach. My own little pup back at home, Darby, is basically a water-hater, so I pretty much gave up on the whole dog+beach thing years ago. But Darcy will run for ages, play hide and seek, and can charm the pants off of anyone on the sand.
Even though I’m far from home, it’s the little things like strolling along the beach or taking the dog for a walk that make me feel settled in and comfortable here. The more I take it in, the more I solidify the fact in my mind that I really do like this city and this country. As I struggle with other aspects of my move, I feel better knowing that I’ve settled, for however long it may be, in a place that makes me happy and excited. And in terms of prioritisation, you can’t do much better than that.