End of a long, lovely train journey

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Friday, December 1, 2006

As we left the Nullarbor and got closer to Adelaide, the landscape changed to being a bit more livable and we got in to Adelaide about 7.  I took a quick tour around Adelaide to get my bearings.  We were told that Adelaide is a captivating classic Australian city.  A city of churches, the food and wine capital of Australia, sandstone homes and cottages with sweeping gardens and greenbelts.  A young Australian city rich in recent history yet charmingly modern. A city with a passion for fine living. Adelaide is truly the Festival City.
Highlights of the tour included: Victoria Square - heart of the city, Gouger Street - restaurants/cafes, the grand boulevard of King William Street, the Terraces - north, south, east and west that separate the city from the greenbelts, parks, gardens and greenbelts,
River Torrens with its delightful garden banks, Parliament House, Trinity Church - Adelaide's oldest church, trendy Hutt Street, Adelaide Oval - one of Australia's most notable cricket grounds, quaint suburbs of North Adelaide, St Peter's Cathedral and
Colonel Light's Lookout on Montefiore Hill affording spectacular views over Adelaide.
I called the YHA and was able to get the very last bed - an upper bunk - fortunately with a ladder to it.  The overpopulation was due to the fact that Adelaide's is hosting this series of the Ashes Cricket tournament.  Weirdly dressed people everywhere.  I have the hostel bed until December 4 when I have booked a trip to Melbourne by way of a backpacker bus.  I was also able to pick up a wineland tour for tomorrow. 
Found one wireless internet place where I ordered a breakfast.  After she brought it to me she told me the wireless did not work.  Did not seem too concerned about it and pretty much blamed me for not asking.  I moved on to another place where I got an hour or so of time then was cut off.  The first fellow there re-connected me (after fiddling with my settings and shutting off my firewall - not what I wanted), but it went down again shortly after they sole me a new card and the next fellow claimed not to know anything about how it worked.  Eventually he gave me my money back.  I sort of have the impression that Adelaide folk think they are something pretty social without having a good reason for it. 
Dinner at a place called the Indian Brasserie where I had a lovely meal of Matter Panner but had to wait almost an hour and a half for it.  I had two beer while waiting but before ordering a third (which the restaurant paid for) I had to ask them to chase my meal down.  They'd put the order to one side to feed the hungry cricketers first.  Cricketers everywhere!  Being noisy and overbearing.  It does not matter which side they are on.  They are dressed in costumes, some of them; yellow hats, red England shirts with the cross of St. George on it, flags, all semi comatose with drink and LOUD!
Was able to use the wireless internet in the hostel and got a bit caught up on my emails, etc.  After that though, there was a bit of unpleasantness as there were guys (from the cricket) standing out in the lane shouting rude and threatening things in to the girls dorms.  Not a fun time.  Eventually they were chased away by the security.  I suspect they were actually resident in the dorms as they know which the girls' dorms were.
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