Sunburnt and full of prawns

Alison in Wonderland, Observant, Maastricht

It may be the jetlag talking, but it seems my country is 0.18 points better than yours. Because let’s face it, the Economist doesn’t lie. In its where-to-be-born in 2013 index, the Economist measures ‘which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life’. Australia comes in 2nd place, behind Switzerland, with a score of 8.12 out of 10. The Netherlands trails behind at 8th, with 7.94. So now I’m home and beach-side for the holidays, has my quality of life improved? You bet: I’m sunburnt and full of prawns. Only … Australia always feels Very Far Away. If only it could be towed right up next to Europe. Keeping the same climate, of course. Is that too much to ask for Christmas?

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