The Northern Hemisphere summer has kicked off and I'm extremely jealous, writes Lee Suckling.

All my friends in Europe are jaunting off to sunny Mediterranean locales every weekend and I'm sitting in Wellington looking out a rainy window.

I wish I could say, "our summer will be back soon!" but in reality, it's not the same. Europeans do summer far better than Kiwis do. Here's how.

Unproblematic outdoor drinking

The ability to have some alcoholic beverages in the alleyway outside a pub, or taking a bottle of rosé to the beach, is something we Kiwis can't fathom. Our alcohol laws

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Proximity to different cultures

Crowds

It's slow

Better tunes

Romance is alive