The Usual (just vague enough to pique interest?)

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

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Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hi everybody! So we've just been off on our latest vacation, from Adelaide to Alice Springs to Sydney and then back to Kingston SE. As always, too much happened for one big post, and who'd wanna read it if it's that big anyway, amiright?! Ha!

So I've split our trip up into 3 parts; the usual, the old, and the new. Here's the reasoning behind those designations. The usual; we started our trip by heading to good ol' Adelaide, a place we've been now plenty of times and written about endlessly. We know the 3.5 hour drive pretty well and we know our way around the city without a map. We even navigate by street names and we know a lot of them offhand. We're basically experts of Adelaide. So, 'the usual'.

The old; Alice Springs is a town in the centre of Australia. The red centre is an ancient landscape (well, I guess everything is) filled with lots of history, mystery and stories. It is the true outback and home to Uluru (aka Ayers' Rock), a sacred place of Aboriginal worship. We took the train up from Adelaide right into the heart of Australia and spent a few days trucking around. Thus, I refer to this entry as 'the old'.

The new; Sydney is a pretty modern city. That's all I got.

So, to start things off, we left Saturday the 11th in the morning and drove up to Adelaide. We loaded up the ol' iPod with plenty of good songs and interesting podcasts, grabbed some fruit and some homemade granola and hit the road, Jack. The one thing we did differently on this drive as opposed to all those other drives to Adelaide was to stop in Murray Bridge, about 2/3's of the way, so that we could test drive some cars. We want to be as prepared as possible to buy a vehicle upon our return to Canada. My intrepid wife did some research beforehand and found out that there was a Subaru/Toyota dealership located in Murray Bridge. We decided we wanted to test out a Forester and an Outback (but funnily enough, no Intrepids), give 'em the ol' head to head battle. So Kara got in one and I got in the other and we rammed them into each other. Nah, that never happened. We tested one, then we tested the other and told the friendly car dealership man that we had some discussing to do. He handed us his card and bid us adieu, it was as easy as that. We didn't let on that we were a) heading back to Canada in a few months and b) had no intention of buying a car from him, so we left on good terms, although I did feel a little devious about it. Kara had to remind me before we got there to not give away too much information, so I stonewalled him. I've never stonewalled anyone before. I've steamrolled people before, and I've stinkeyed plenty of people in the past, but I've never stonewalled anyone. Oh, I've sideswiped, sidestepped and sleight of handed people all over the midwest in my day, but stonewalling was new to me. Oooooohhh, I've slapped, smacked and slippered people almost every day of my life, but nary a stonewall. Ooooooooook, I'm finished.

Anyway, this post is not about my amazing alliterative abilities (heh), it's about our vacation and we haven't even made it to Adelaide yet! Well, so we made it to Adelaide, checked into our hotel and made haste for a night out on the town. We toured down Rundle St, bought a Lucinda Williams cd and tried to find a suitable place for dinner. We saw one place (well, Kara noticed it the last time we were in Adelaide, saw how busy it was and remembered it), and it had a sign outside saying that they would not be opening until 5:31pm precisely. We enjoyed this witty sign and then had a chance encounter with the owner, who cautioned us that all of their menu items were served straight out of cans and it was a really just a terrible place to eat. After such a glowing recommendation, we just couldn't bring ourselves to eat anywhere else. Kara had some homemade pasta and I had some Tasmanian salmon and it was delicious. We sadly forget the name of the restaurant (Kara's googling it now...... it's called Jah'z Lounge). Then we went to see the new Star Trek movie (it was good!) and then called it a night.

The following morning we had some room service for breakfast to celebrate Mother's Day (Kara's gonna' be such a good Mom!) and packed up for our train ride. We drove to the train station and parked there (free parking for the week sucka's!), and then we waited with the oldies and the hippies to board the train. It was a very relaxing way to start our vacation, and by the time we got on the train, we were in full vacation mode. But you'll have to wait until the next entry to find out all the crazy things that happened on this train trip. Until next time, dear readers, until next time....
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Laura Combden on

LOVE the pregnant selfie!!

Sounds like a nice trip thus far.

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