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Dearest friends and family, it is with shock that I realised I haven't sent any news in almost six months!

As the saying goes though....no news is good news!

Thanks to those of you who have been keeping in touch faithfully. It can be very lonely in a new country and one hangs on to every little snippet of news and WhatsApp message and email. Facebook just doesn't have the personal touch I'm afraid, but I do appreciate your "likes" and comments.

We are well into the dry season of the Top End, whilst the rest of Australia are freezing their butts off! ❄

The locals were not exaggerating when they told us the dry season is beautiful. Minimum temperatures are typically 19-21° and maximums are 31-33°, but mostly with low humidity. 🕶

Darwin truly transforms and comes alive in the dry season, with amazing markets every week (Indian, Italian, Greek, organic, Asian, crafts), pop-up beachside cafés (local seafood, French crêpes, tapas, Spanish, Russian, Pizza, the list is endless), people picnicking everywhere, an arts festival, rodeos, sunset cruises, lots of ice cold smoothies and ice cream, motor racing and yachts on the ocean 🏁 ⛵. Oh, and did I mention......no air conditioning!

I have been super happy in the school that I joined in February. Like any school/workplace it has its fair share of politics, but for the moment I'm flying below the radar and enjoying "just" being a teacher (the teachers among you will understand that "just" being a teacher is hard work) but what I'm trying to say is that although I really really miss being in management, I'm enjoying this season in my career until the time is right for something more.

Daniel has settled down really well, enjoying what Darwin has to offer in terms of the climate, the outdoors, long bike rides, new friends, safety and a very laid back lifestyle. Victor is still very happy in his job, except for the fact that he works away from home a huge amount of time, and misses out on the hot weather up here, especially now during winter in the south. ✈ ✈

My mom arrived for a visit at the start of our mid year holiday four weeks ago and it has been absolutely fabulous sharing all Darwin has to offer with her. We've packed in as much as her health has allowed us to. It's back to school on Monday, but she's staying for another four weeks. I know that secretly she's relieved that I'm going back to school so that she can FINALLY get some rest! ☺ ☺

Well, this teacher better start thinking about school work, as I've really gone AWOL these holidays. 😉

Lots of love ♥ ♥ ♥
Estia

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