Ramdom Antipodean notes

* It’s cold here. Really, really cold. I packed for a mild winter and got some seriously bone-chilling winds that would hold their own against coastal Maine in February. Did I mention that it is cold?
*I have yet to meet a single person here that is less than appallingly sweet, cheerful and helpful. My curmudgeonly tendencies are going begging.
*If you ask for the “bathroom”, expect to be shown to, quite literally, a room with a bath. Toilets are separate. Not terribly helpful when relieveing oneself is the goal.
*Coopers Ale is a very good beer. Expect further taste-testings and reports shortly.
*The common cold can indeed be drowned out of existence. At the cost of several trips to the bathr…er, I mean toilet.