Or: How Darwin has kept us ridiculously busy!
01.04.2013 - 31.07.2013
The months of April and May bring with them the arrival of the Northern Territory's much-loved Dry Season. It was meant to arrive around the Anzac Day celebrations, but the weather followed its bizarre pattern and decided to give us a mixture of typical wet season humidity, occasional rain showers, and big cloud cover. There is no such thing as complaining about the weather when you live in the tropics though, or at least not in my eyes. It is such a blessing. Although Ben might argue that it is a little too hot to his liking. The wimp.
Anyway, with the change of weather, Darwin prepares to burst out of its seams with tourists coming from all over the world to escape the Winter in the other Australian cities. And as dull as this little city can seem during the wet months of the year, it sure knows how to put up a big show and turn it into a little paradise on earth. As a result, every week (though mostly over the weekends) brings with it exciting events enjoyed by both the locals and the visitors. It starts off slowly with a few events here and there in the month of April, but come May, we struggled to have a single day off. At times we wonder whether we are being crazy for trying to fit all the fun in, but then we remember that in a few months' time, when the population has shrunk and the weather turns nasty, we will be kicking ourselves for not having made the most of it when we could.
So, what kind of events, parties and fun did we engage in? (in no particular order)
“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” movie
This was shown by a local NGO that deals with refugees. A gripping and must see movie! The night was followed by a performance of the African Brothers All Star Drummers, whose performances we have come to love.
... organised by the Latino Society of Darwin. Needless to say Ben sat this one out. Not sure what his excuse was, but luckily I was accompanied by the most wonderful of friends who were not afraid to put their dancing shoes on. What a great night!
Dancing Queens: Pablo and Emilie!
We went to many outings to the open-air and iconic 'Deckchair Cinema' and saw some truly wonderful movies: "Cafe de Flore", "Samsara", "Mr Lazhar", "Save your Legs", etc. The picture above was taken there with our friend Norbert
Indonesian Cultural Day
The Darwin Languages Centre (DLC), where I work, organised an Indonesian Cultural Day. Ben and I donned our beautiful Balinese sarongs and went along to show our support and to enjoy the colours, delicious food and activities.
Darwin Beercan Regatta
Green Stone Garden concert
Dalai Lama in Australia - in Darwin!
Other than that - but without photographic evidence - we also went to: a Comedy Night; the Italian Festival; Greek Glenti; India at Mindil; Harmony Festival; Craft Fair; Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival; Gospel/ Acapella Workshop; the Darwin Expo; World Refugee Day, etc. We watched a friend perform at a Tapas bar; we attended BBQ's with friends and colleagues; we volunteered for the Dalai Lama during his visit in Darwin and started volunteering for Melaleuca Refugee Centre and we undertook mini road-trips on our beloved scooter, and more...
Yep, Darwin isn't all that bad during the Dry Season!