02.08.2007 10 °C
We had just told everyone back home, that the winter in Sydney was not cold at all and that you could still go to the beach in a bikini every day. But soon we were to discover that the 'real winter' was only about to start. At the beginning of June, it suddenly became a lot colder and we had some major storms which spread the sand all over the beach promenade and the hill behind it and made it look as if it had been snowing.
As houses in Australia are not insulated at all and certainly don't come with heating installations, we soon realised that we had to buy an electrical heater. Nevertheless, we always only manage to get one of our four rooms up to a comfortable temperature while the rest of the flat could still serve as a fridge.
By the way, the Aussis don't seem to feel the cold at all - or can anyone explain to us, why they still run around in shorts and thongs or summer dresses and dine outdoors when its only a few degrees above 0 °C!? Probably, they simply ignore it, as it's normally only that cold for 2 months. Anyway, we always thought that we should be used to it and be able to deal with low temperatures a lot better... but basically, in Germany we only don't freeze that much because the houses have a proper heating and everyone's wearing very warm clothes :-)
Another thing that we still have to get used to and which comes with the opposite seasons, is that we are still getting a bit confused about dates and everything. Julia even forgot Frank's birthday this year, as to her it was associated with hot temperatures and bbq parties. So, please don't be too mad at us, if we happen to forget yours, too!
Anyway, we still enjoyed the stormy weather very much and it's just perfect for walks along the beach. Also, Frank finally got his skateboard which since then hasn't been used very much!
Of course, the storms brought some nice winter swells as well.
June - August is also the whale season on the East Coast and one day Julia was lucky to see a Humpback Whale directly in front of Bondi Beach. It was really amazing watching the whale blowing huge streams of spray into the air or jumping out of the water, twirling around and smashing back on the water on his back again. Unfortunately, he moved too fast for getting a good shot with the camera.
When you read all this, some of you might probably think we are still on holidays and only hanging out on the beach all the time. Not really!
Actually, we were pretty busy during the last weeks, we moved to a new apartment. We had already thought about it earlier, but just as it started raining into one of our bedrooms and the entire flat began to mould and smell, we decided to finally leave the place. Luckily, we found another flat soon, which is still only a few hundred meters from the beach and way better as the old one! After a few garage sales and another visit at IKEA, our flat is now fully furnished as well and for the first time, it really feels like home.
Work wise everything seems to be sorted – at least for the next couple of weeks. Julia just started a contract for the next three months, working as event coordinator in a financial services institute and Frank is happily designing away, half way between contract work and signing an employment.