This post is brought to you by The Australian Ballet and eHarlequin.
Australians love their sunburned country.
We are a nation that spends all year hanging out for summer. Our national pastimes include swimming at the beach, lazing at the beach and beach cricket. Unfortunately, when it comes to winter, none of these activities seem quite so enjoyable anymore.
Here are five ways you can keep yourself entertained throughout winter and avoid succumbing to the there’s-nothing-to-do-blues.
Pretend you live in Europe.
Look, we’re never going to have a White Christmas in July. But just because you can’t have spontaneous snowball fights with your kids, and your local lake doesn’t turn into a sheet of glittering ice as the months get colder, it doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to hail from colder climes.
One of my favourite winter activities is to rug up, wrap a chunky-knit scarf around my neck and find my local ice-skating rink. It might seem counter-intuitive to head from the cool temperatures outside to the even colder temperatures inside the rink but trust me. You get warm FAST. Ice-skating is even more fun than you remember it being as a kid, it gets you moving and most ice-skating rinks I have ever visited play 80s pop classics on repeat.
Get some culture.
During the summer months, it’s hard to justify doing anything indoors. The nights are balmy, the air is fresh and the barbeque is just waiting to be fired up. During winter, however, indoor activities are where it’s at.
The Australian Ballet has a new performance on this season, which many members of the Mamamia team have already seen – and loved. Imperial Suite is a double bill showcasing The Australian Ballet’s glittering classical technique and it’s been described as “New York style and Parisian chic”. Go out for a night with your girlfriends, or have a romantic dinner with your partner beforehand, and enjoy a glamorous night at the ballet with tickets to Imperial Suite.
Indulge a little (or a lot).
In summers, it sometimes feels too hot to eat anything but a salad, or drink anything but a cold beer. In winter, the culinary world heats up.