Thunder and lightning!
Greetings from Xhu Shaui's laptop. Shaui is our housemate, and prefers to be known as Steve, which is nice. And easy. Last time we updated the site we walked out of the internet cafe into the biggest rainstorm we've ever seen. It was literally like stepping into a shower. Of course it was all joined by the obligatory thunder and lightning that seems to join rainstorms in Sydney. We made our way through the torrents of water that were gliding across the roads. Eventually we made our way slowly home, with our dodgy $5 umbrellas! Just before we got home there was an almighty flash of light in front of us, followed by the biggest crashing sound we've ever heard. A bolt of lightning had hit the road about 20 metres in front of us. Helen screamed and nearly leapt about 3 metres in the air, whilst Gareth randomly ran forward for about 3 seconds. The noise echoed around for about 20 or so seconds and it was surely one of the most frightening moments of our trip so far. The sheer noise was incredible. It came so quickly after the flash that we had no time to prepare. It sounded like an articulated lorry driving straight into Woolworths. Ouch!
Our last Friday night out in Sydney (um, except for the next one...)
For one last time we met up with Dave and Kerrin, as we went on one more joint epic journey about the town. We've always enjoyed meeting up with those guys as they a) put up with Gareth and b) appreciate the social life. We always have stories of work and times back in the UK to talk about and we always have a laugh. Dave and Kerrin are also moving on this week, as they've also reached the end of their stint in Sydney. This town has looked after us well, but it's time to pack our bags and move on before it makes us stay!
Lots of love from Gareth and Helen x x x