I'll be spending the next couple of weeks in Europe. After leaving Singapore as the last trace of Asian culture, my experience was a bit of a cultural shock. Kindness seems to vanish, everyone is so busy, serious, in a rush, nervous... Quite contrary to what I'm used to in Australia so far.
According to the news, Australia is having a very hot season, together with the bush fires. On the other hand, here we're expecting some snow with a hope of having a decent skiing season. So far the temperatures are above zero and the winter often resembles the one in Australia. :)