A fun and fast paced start to 2015

Woah, so 2015 has been a rush so far!

After seeing in new year at falls festival we came back up to Adelaide to enjoy our final days of Australia before going to Kuala Lumpur on the 10th.

On Sunday the 4th I had a surfing lesson which Lyndsey had got me for Christmas. I had a private lesson with just me and Rhiannon so we got a lot of attention which I was glad for, I was a little nervous at first because the last time I surfed was in Goa and that was just trying to self teach myself. However, my nerves were not needed as it all came rushing back to me after falling off about ten times! With a little guidance from the instructor I managed to stand up a good few times and even rode a wave right into the beach. He was well happy with me and I got so much confidence from it I went Tuesday and Wednesday again!

Here is the proof!

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It’s safe to say I’ve got the surfing bug and along with scuba diving and a million other things it’s something I want to continue when I go home. New years resolution time – to make sure I continue hobbies I enjoy ūüôā

Apart from Surfing we also went to the Cricket Tuesday night. Rhodri got us Members tickets and we went with him, Josh, Rhainnon and a few friends¬†to watch the unbeaten Adelaide Strikers Vs Perth Scorchers.¬† I’m not really into cricket but in this particular style game it’s only 20 overs for each side and only lasts about 2 hours so it’s actually fun.¬†They’ve also kind of americanised it with music playing every time¬†a new batsmen comes on and cheerleaders dance every time a 4 or 6 is hit. By the end of the night we had had a really good time but the Adelaide¬†strikers were no longer unbeaten, losing by 18 runs to the scorchers.
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The weather is getting ridiculous. It has reached 45 degrees most days this week. even in the nights it is 30+. We have been to the beach some evenings and it is packed until about 9pm. The sun goes down really late which means your days are so long. Running is difficult in this heat. Even by 7.30am it is too hot. At the cricket, lucky for us the members area was in the shade, but I felt for the people on the other side with the burning sun in their faces for a few hours with nowhere to hide without missing the match. The beach is bearable in the day because of the breeze, but you cannot sit in the garden for long so its a shame that you find yourself wanting to be inside with the windows and doors shut with the aircon on when it is glorious outside. All the locals describe the weather as ‘ awful’ and ‘terrible’, which I understand being here and feeling the temperatures. But people at home would probably think differently- I would if I wasn’t here, sat in the aircon office with the blinds shut, while the sun is shining outside! It has definately changed my view on living in hot countries. If you are holiday on the beach then its lovely, in normal life and doing your shopping and cooking in the kitchen? Then no, everything is a mission!

Thursday evening we had tickets to see Thriller the musical live. Lyndsey is a huge MJ fan and so I bought her tickets for Christmas. It was really good and we got seats right at the front. The first few songs were sung by a female and she didn’t look or sound like Michael Jackson, although she was good it didn’t seem to fit the bill. But the cast soon warmed up and got into it. One guy was from Manchester and you can tell that as a child he sang in the mirror trying to imitate Jackos voice and moves. He was outstanding- but he knew it! Which was a down side but if you shut your eyes you would of thought it really was Michael Jackson. They sang all the hits, bad, billie jean, pyt, earth song, they don’t care about us, Dirty Diana, man in the mirror and smooth criminal. …. They even did the famous lean-at which point Lyndsey screamed!lol! The encore was thriller which was perfect to the point we thought the guy was miming! His jacket was terrible though. Lyndseys red leather jacket from the op shop looked much better quality than his shiny plastic coat. It was a really good performance and Lyndsey was thrilled and sang all the way through.

Friday was our last day in oz. It was raining which was typical because we had planned a beach day. But it was good because for the past week there have been naive Bush fires in the Adelaide hills so the rain must be such a relief. Over 20 houses have been destroyed and a dog kennel/cattery was burnt and all the cats died and only about half the dogs survived which is really awful. On the news, koala sancturies were appealing for people to knit cotton gloves for koalas that have had their hands burnt in the fires, they had the pattern on the website which was really nice and I hope people did make them. I would of If I was sticking around. So our last day was spent by going to lunch with Maria and her friend at the bombay bicycle then going to central market to buy supplies for the evening meal. We also bought Maria 2 goldfish for her tank, a big one called Jackson and a little one called Lyndsey!

Rhiannon and Josh came over for dinner and we enjoyed some Moet and local ginger ale and a bbq eaten indoors because it was still raining. It was a lovely last dinner. We all sat at the table and chatted and laughed. It was really nice. Then after a few drinks we made a video on Australia for some school kids back home but it’s too big to upload here ūüė¶
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Saturday morning we fly at 2.30pm. So Josh and Rhiannon come over for a last brunch which is a feast Maria has put together. Stir fry noodles. .. But not noodles, noodle texture but in a flat disc and dumplings. Yum yum! Preparing us for Asia with an Asian breakfast! It was delicious.

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