In Central Illinois, we have the pleasure (or maybe not, depending on who you ask) of having a spring, a summer, an autumn and a winter. We each have our own favorite season. Mine personally is autumn. I love the cool, crisp air, football games, caramel apples and wearing sweaters. But what if you lived in a part of the world that did not experience your favorite time of year? While I was abroad in Australia last semester, I got to live in a part of the world that only has two
seasons, summer and winter.
Remember, Australia is in the southern hemisphere. That means that when it is hot in Illinois, its cold in Australia. But it is not really as cold as we are used to. While in Australia, I lived in Gold Coast, Queensland, which is on the eastern coast of Australia. When I arrived in January to begin my semester abroad, it was about 30 degrees Celsius (which is around 100 degrees Fahrenheit). It was so hot and not like the January I knew. It was almost unbearable some days. As the semester progressed, the sun got lower and lower in the sky. The heat intensity diminished. By March, the weather was wonderful! I could stay at the beach all day without feeling uncomfortable from the humidity. But as the semester continued, the temperature dropped. It was very chilly when I left Australia. It was June and the temperatures felt like an autumn day. Weird, huh? To have a chilly day in late June, early July.
There are parts of Australia that get snow, but these towns are far and few between. Most of my Australian friends have never seen snow before, unless they have come to the United States or have been to New Zealand in July. Most of Australia experiences the weather I described. But it truly was a paradise for me having only summer and autumn temperatures. I enjoy all the seasons, but I prefer warm weather the best. So what a treat that was. I look forward to this
winter, as I missed the snow that Illinois had last winter while I was gone. As long as there is not too much snow, like when Illinois State University was shut down a few years ago, I will be happy. But needless to say, I still dream about that beautiful Aussie weather.