A change of pace for this entry. I've just returned from a month's trip to Australia and would most heartily recommend it to anyone. If you want to forget your woes (for a time, anyhow) and wish to live a simpler, less complicated life a hot and sunny climate is to be recommended. As a European, I found the newness and freshness of the country took a little getting used to, but I soon settled into its refreshing lightness and thoroughly relished the lack of the miserable history that weighs down the Northern Hemisphere (not forgetting the havoc wrought on the Aborgines, of course).
In fact, as the trip went on I came to realise just how much Greek thinkers such as Diogenes, the Cynics and the Epicureans were fundamentally correct about the wisdom of a no-nonsense, light baggage, simple life. Some of us may regret having been born, but if you're going to live, then that's the way to do it. After all, so much of our so-called 'culture' is essentially the expression of misery by people who can't find a way of life which may render the need for such expression superflous. So there you go: sun, heat, beuatiful scenery and friendly people. Australia has the lot.