Hello 2013! Yes, it is already January and time is flying! I had been a little apprehensive prior to coming to Australia about spending Christmas away from my family, but in fact it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. Of course being away from family and friends at this festive time was unusual for me, but the time difference, climate difference, and different approach to Christmas altogether here was a new experience for me, and almost felt like a summer holiday rather than a Christmas I had missed. I spend the day with Sophie's lovely family, who were all exceptionally welcoming.