Thursday, December 10, 2009
For those of you who don't already know, Australia lacks an ozone layer (like our southern neighbors Antarctica and New Zealand). That's why the light is so bright here and why 9 days out of 10, walking around the city is like walking in a cartoon or a storybook or The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The sun is intense. So intense that we must all wear our "sunnies" or risk getting cataracts and other awful eye diseases, including little kids (like the creepy looking baby pictured above - is he wearing an Australian flag?). For a person of color, I burn very easily and am totally paranoid about getting skin cancer so I slab on tons of sunscreen every day (UVA and UVB, 30 proof). It's a pity cos one of my dreams coming to Australia was to go back to the US every year looking like a tanned Hawaiian princess. Instead I'll have to be content to remain looking like a pale baby Buddha.