I’m way up north, far from home and the freezing weather. Darwin is beautiful. More beautiful than I anticipated. Vivid green ocean, scorching heat and today, 82% humidity.
I had to work today but even that wasn’t a trial. Informal meetings in offices overlooking the green harbor and its attractive foreshores.
To arrive and suddenly strip off the layers of winter was a weird experience but not unwelcome. It’s still winter but the locals are saying the 34 degree heat is hot for the time of year. It’s a different world and full of lovely surprises.
Yesterday I attended night markets and ate oysters and octopus on the beach at sunset. A little boy approached me to show off the hermit crab he was carrying in his shoe.
There was an Indigenous dance performance at the end of the beach and mango sorbet to cool me down.
I was sweaty but happy.
Tomorrow I go on the biggest adventure here. A 1.5hour flight in a small plane to a remote Indigenous community. I’m excited and nervous. I may never do something like this again so I will take in every second happily, even the bumpy flight.
I feel so lucky. Sometimes my job is good.