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My love of sunshine and steak

You probably won’t have heard sunshine compared to a steak before. One consists of solar rays from that big star up above. The other is meat. No obvious link. But somehow one got me thinking of the other today.

If you’ve lived somewhere like England before you’ll hopefully know what I’m talking about. In England the weather is our favourite topic of conversation. This isn’t a myth or a sweeping generalisation, it is 100% our number one thing to chat about. This is because the weather here is not to be trusted. Even the people paid to talk about it on the television have no idea what’s coming next.

Today, for example, the clouds parted and the sun came out. The whole country rushed outside, made a picnic, dashed to the nearest beach/field/lake and collectively cheered. Summer is here! And then it was freezing again and we all went home to watch television in front of the fire/radiator/blow heater.

This is where steak comes in. I compare a British summer to an evening at the finest steak restaurant in town. You plan your evening. There’s a lot of planning, a lot of talk about where you’re going to go, what cut of steak you might eat, the sides you’re going to order. Then the night in question arrives and you’re at the table. The smell of perfectly cooked premium meat is in the air and the restaurant is full of happy people, great music and a glass of red.

Then, finally it looks like your table is next. The waiters are headed in your direction and start putting down plates around you. Everyone has their food except you but now the best looking steak of them all is headed across the room. It is placed ceremoniously in front of you and you start salivating uncontrollably…

At this point in our metaphor the fire alarm goes off, the sprinkler system kicks in and you rush outside soaking wet. Probably to get more wet in the (inevitable) rain.

Summer in England, and I’m sure in many places around the world, is full of promise, full of excitement, full of great smells, and, in the end, full of disappointment.

On the plus side we are among the best in the world at enjoying tiny windows of good weather. However, I am not. I don’t want to just smell the steak. I want to cut it up, chew it and keep eating till I’m full. And then have pudding.

So I did a little research shortly after getting home shivering from the beach with picnic basket in hand. “The sunniest places on earth” was my search term. I don’t think we should sit around all summer with Pimms and strawberries permanently on ice in case the sun decides to make an appearance. If, like me, you want to be sure of some vitamin D, here are my top 5 places to head. All five are in the 10 official sunniest countries in the world chart.

  1. USA
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The Betsy South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida

2. South Africa

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Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl

3. Kenya 

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Diamonds Dream of Africa in Malindi

4. Australia

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Injidup Spa Retreat on the Margaret River

5. Brazil 

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Campo Bahia Resort in Santo Andre

Where are you going this year?

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