Odds 'n' ends, bits 'n'bites... Junk drawer!

Trip Start May 31, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Friday, August 10, 2012

This isn't a real post.... it's a ghost post!.... No, not really. It's more of a collection of little observations that haven't deserved their own posts over the course of our travels. But here they are, all at once!

So lucky you, you get to take a look in THE JUNK DRAWER!!

Crucks - these are extremely popular in Australia. For those who are uninitiated, a cruck is a cross between a car and a truck; car in front, truck in back.... also known as a snot car. They really appreciate the utility of a truck with the luxury/gas mileage of a car. I've never seen so many crucks!

Tim Tams - These are a national delicacy (they're cookies) that we see everywhere, kind of like the Australian Oreo. We decided to jump right in and buy a package. It didn't even last 24 hours. They're really pretty great and we recommend them to anyone who comes across these beautiful bits of heaven.

Diagonal Crosswalks - At busy intersections in Adelaide (and we presume throughout the country), the lights for pedestrians don't change when the green lights for cars appear. Only when both streets of traffic are completely stopped do all of the pedestrian lights change to 'walk', and then one can not only walk both north/south and east/west across the street, but through the intersection. We are so tickled by this we find ourselves taking the diagonal crosswalk even when it's unnecessary. And so would you.

Fruit Fly Free Zone - Australians are so serious about their fruit growing that they ban all externally grown fruits and vegetables from the Murray River area. As we were driving into the area (after having just gone shopping, buying arugula, tomatoes, apples, red peppers and a zucchini... and Tim Tams), we started seeing the signs of the 'quarantine bucket', a pretty terrifying sounding thing where you have to dispose of all your fruits and veg. We pulled over to check out the details of this and apparently if you've bought them within the confines of South Australia then you're ok, but you need a receipt to prove it! Those sneaky Australians.

The Gumtree - The Australian Kijiji (or craigslist, or usedottawa), but apparently people don't use it as much or check their messages. I went looking for a guitar, a bike, a lamp and a coffee table on here and found all 4 for very cheap. The problem was that no one responds in a timely manner, so trying to set up a pickup time was damn near impossible. I even wrote back to one lady with a lamp saying we couldn't make it and wished her luck on finding another buyer and she replied a day later asking when I'd be by to pick it up. It seems they prefer using cell phones to email, so I tried sending a text message with my new $16 cell phone I bought in Vietnam, but that, my friends, is a whole other story.... Anyway, we got a table for 5 bucks and a guitar for 50 bucks that sounds like it costs 50 bucks. But the table's good.

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Nic on

Make sure you try using your tim tams as a straw and suck up your coffee or hot chocolate with them. If You thought they were yummy on their own, wait until you try it all warm and melty.

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