Australia's Most Relaxed City

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Adelaide: chillax capital of Australia? I don't know whether it is or not, but if it isn’t it’s certainly giving it a good try to get that award. On arriving here, I’ve asked various people the same question: "So, what is there to do in Adelaide?" The answer has been the same, “Erm,... I don’t know, actually.” Welcome to Adelaide, capital of South Australia, the most relaxed city in Australia.

In most of my visits around Oz, I have a fair idea of what I want to visit, see or do, like the Great Ocean Road or the G in Melbourne, surely it's no coincidence that I have no idea or plan whatsoever for Adelaide? Therefore when I arrived at Bev’s in the morning, I don't think I can be blamed for not really knowing what I wanted to do. I’d just travelled from Melbourne, but surprisingly I was feeling quite bright and chirpy, so bed was out of the question. She was off to work and I was left at home with her two sons, Will and Dan. As the weather wasn’t great, I decided to just chill at the house. Staying at the house turned out to be a bit of a result, because Bev has a swimming pool (J) and the weather picked up in the afternoon, so me and the boys chilled in the pool all afternoon. Nice!

Bev’s husband, Addy arrived soon after I came out of the pool. He describes himself as a foodie (a food lover) and his job entails cooking up original sauces, chutneys and jams. His latest, which I’ve yet to try, is Ginger Marmalade. So, when he says, “We’ll have a BBQ tonight,” you figure it’s going to be something special. It was. Fillet Mignon wrapped in bacon, chicken wings, pork, steaks, the whole kit and caboodle! And the salads! One of them he made out of desperation – some people were coming that he hadn’t expected and he needed to pad out the menu a bit, so he came up with a fuet, mango, tomato, carrot and coriander combo accompanied by crackers. Delicious!

Addy has clearly passed on his love of food to his boys, because earlier in the afternoon, Will (the oldest at 13 years old) made us (Adey and me) homemade Bailey’s. That’s right, Bailey’s made from scratch; how good is that??? And it was divine!

Now, the last thing I want to do is go around comparing Adelaide with Melbourne, but sometimes it is inevitable. Melbourne has a similar hustle and bustle to London, while Adelaide is more provincial – even the CBD seems apologetic for daring to raise the prospect of commerce. You might say that Adelaide is more traditional (if there is such a thing in a 200 year old country), which was clear from my first day, as it is what most foreigners to be typically Australian - a day by the pool, followed by a barbie! Just to reiterate; Melbourne and Adelaide are two very different cities.
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spanna on

tough life!

Joe on

Hardly backpacking, is it? This is how you're rewarded for 10.5 hour journey on a bus - lightweight!

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