Here’s a couple of things you don’t find out about Hobart until you move to Hobart, or are at least in with some locals.
You Gon’ Get Burnt
I spent a blissful two weeks walking around Hobart without a care until the sun emerged one day. Within hours of each other, two different people in two completely unrelated encounters took one look at my Scottish/Irish heritage (proudly on display via my near-translucent skin tone) and told me to be wary of the sun. Apparently the ozone layer isn’t as strong down here (? SCIENCE) so we’re partial to some stronger skin-cracklin’ UV rays getting all up in our grills. I don’t know whether I completely believe these warnings yet, and I trust I won’t until I actually do get burnt when I least suspect it, but I’ve heard it from so many people now that I’m surprised I didn’t hear a peep of it before I moved here.
Lord of the Flies
There aren’t school children killing each other on this island, but there are some monstrous flies. Every time I open the doors and/or windows of my house to enjoy the beautiful sunny days (who knew I’d ever enjoy sunny days? Screw you, Queensland!), at least a dozen flies find their way into my house, high-fiving each other before putting their action plan into effect. This action plan involves spreading out and treating my windows like baseball bases after somefly’s just hit it out of the park. They aren’t small flies. They aren’t your standard houseflies (well, a couple of them are, but they’re the minority). These guys are big and they are loud and they are driving me a little bit insane. You should see the maniacal laugh that overtakes me when there’s a bottle of Raid spray in my hand.
Where the Wind Goes Sweeping Down the Plains
I lived through a couple of windy days in Brisbane here and there, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the crazy breezes that smash their way through Hobart (or at least my little bit of it) on a somewhat regular basis. Ironic (or just an unfortunate coincidence, Alanis?) that I used the phrase “hold a candle to” when speaking about wind, because it wouldn’t stand a chance in these gusts. Look, just for example, back in Brisbane, I used to hang my washed clothes out on the line to dry already on their hangers, to save time and ironing. Sometimes if I left them too long or if it was a windy day, I’d find one or two items on the ground later. Unfortunate. The other day I attempted to practise a similar application down here, and once I hung the first dress out, I’d barely turned my back before it hit the ground. It hit the ground a few feet away. I tried to peg my dresses on their hangers (a little bit redundant?) but again, there was just no chance they were staying on there. I’ve had to give up on my old habits and nail those suckers to the line or it’s just not worth it. I said a lot of swears that afternoon. Also, hanging up a queen-sized doona cover turned into a terrifying 360° assault by wet linen.