Trip Start Mar 03, 2007
Trip End Apr 2009

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Most Aussies I know label Adelaide as boring. I don't know whether it was down to timing but the three of us left the "Festival State" after eight days having had an absolute ball, confirming that most Aussies don't know what they're talking about after all!!

We arrived early on Saturday afternoon amid 30+ weather and spent the most part hanging out in the trendy beach-side suburb of Glenelg, time spent equally among the pubs and the beach. About 6pm we headed off to meet a friend of a friend (Tom) who had kindly offered to put us up for a few days.

It seemed we had arrived perfectly to coincide with a number of world class events and festivals such as the Adelaide Fringe Festival and a Food and Wine festival. The town was abuzz with all kinds of going ons. After a few bottles of the local brew Coopers, Tom took us out to see the 'Northern Lights' which were a series of prominent buildings along Northern Terrace whose facades had been colorfully transformed into works of art using coloured stencils with huge lights projecting the colours and designs onto the buildings. The finished product was a real striking sight. I managed to sneak back one night with my camera and snap of a few good shots.

After the lights we headed of into part of the Fringe Festival to the "Garden of Unearthly Delights" which was basically a giant amusement park inhabited by performers, shows and side acts of a wide variety. After hear we hit the nearby bars and stayed out to pretty late the next morning.

The next day after a late start we headed into the food and wine festival and what I thought would be a fairly quiet day turned out quite the opposite. This whole street was closed off to traffic and jam packed with food and wine stalls with thousands of revelers all out and about enjoying themselves in scorching weather. After quite a few beverages and with the festival winding down for the day we headed off to a huge double storied house that accommodated about a dozen people for a house party.

On the Tuesday night we decided to attend one of the hundred or so comedy shows on offer due to the fringe. The host of the show was a pretty witty englishmen who kept the show running along at a good pace. The first comedian an Irish lass had us in giggles, the second a guy had us cracking up big time and the 3rd a Canadian named John Stade had us in stitches. Very dry, very crass and very very funny.

The next day we were set to leave when Tom came home and offered us a days work and being backpackers we jumped at the chance to replace some of the cash we had blown over the weekend. Anyway the work to be short was painful, unloading boxes of china ware out of sea containers in 40 degree weather. The day of work stretched into two days and then three and then the weekend was upon us again. That night we were coerced into going to another party at the same house as last week, except this time there were a couple hundred party goers and the night got quite crazy and so our plans to leave the next day were once again delayed.

Adelaide had so many other events happening in and around our time there from concerts, sporting fixtures and festivals and the place is a pretty comfortable city with heaps to see and do. It definitely lived up to that title of "Festival State" in our minds. But after ten or so days it was time to hit the road again.
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