Countdown to Christmas 2020: 1st of December

December is already here! Christmas might be a little bit weird for a lot of people around the world this year due do the pandemic, but hopefully better days are ahead of us. I decided for this very special period to do my own sort of Advent calendar, with a series of six short articles published every four days… and a surprise for Christmas Day! Here’s the first one, with a very different 1st of December on the other side of the world in 2017.

📷 For more pictures have a look at my gallery of photos of Broome and Cape Leveque.

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Have also a look at the other articles from my Advent calendar: 5th of December9th of December13th of December17th of December21st of December

In Europe, December is mostly synonymous with shorter days, cold temperatures and sometimes snow; but the month of December 2017 didn’t look like that at all for me.

On the 29th of November, I flew from Melbourne to the little town of Broome, in the north-west of Australia, where I joined two friends of mine that I had met the year before, and a French couple who had been travelling with them for a few months. The five of us were going to explore the vast and empty territories of Western Australia, heading towards Perth where we expected to be around Christmas. But before hitting the road to the south, we decided to do a short trip north to explore the Dampier Peninsula.

Cape Leveque, road

After a night in Broome, we started the drive on a bumpy unsealed and sandy track in the direction of Cape Leveque at the northernmost extremity of the Peninsula, where a little secluded campground called Kooljaman (the Aboriginal name for the area) is located.

I think we were the only visitors, as the touristic period was coming to an end: December is the beginning of the wet season in the north of Australia, which comes with very high temperatures, a lot of rain and thunderstorms (we saw quite a lot of lightning further north over the horizon in the evening). We watched a beautiful sunset together over the Indian Ocean from the top of a red cliff, drinking a few not-very-cold beers, and went sleeping in the tents that we had installed beneath a wooden shack in front of the beach to protect us from the heat.

And a few hours later, this is the view I woke up to the next morning, on the 1st of December 2017.

Camping, Kooljaman, Cape Leveque

There are moments sometimes during which life is so good that absolutely nothing can affect you. This was clearly one of these moments for me. Apart from that perfect empty beach, the sun already high in the sky and the warm water of the bay, nothing else existed during a couple of hours.

Life was good that 1st of December.

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Have also a look at the other articles from my Advent calendar: 5th of December9th of December13th of December17th of December21st of December

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