Day Off, Lets See Adelaide

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, April 1, 2006

It had been a tough week of picking. Well not really. Monday was rained off and we only had full days on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursdays we worked for 5 hours and that was it for the week! Come back Monday! Not the amount of work I was looking for.

It was different to what I was used to in Yarra. Here you have to fill up a 10 litre bucket with bunches of grapes and yell "bucket!" at the top of your voice to get an empty one and a token in return. Count up the tokens at the end of the days and get paid accordingly. Much more fun than the previous places we've picked as you actually feel like you're racking up money rather than plodding along for no reason.

So to pick faster there was no way you could do it with the snippers so you had to rip them off with your bare hands! My hands were cut to pieces and my clothes ruined but I had made a couple of hundred bucks so I was happy. Hopefully I can earn more next week as I was picking like a demon on the last day!

As we had the weekend off we couldn't sit around in the boring campsite all weekend so headed off to see the sights in Adelaide instead. But it didn't work out that way...

I ended up in an Internet cafe for 4 hours and saw absolutely nothing! Best Internet cafe in ages though and was incredibly fast. Just like being back in China as well as it was packed with games playing Chinese guys screaming with every kill! Good fun.

It was starting to get bloody cold at night in the campsite, and my 1 and only jumper was covered in grape juice, so I bought a new cheap one and met the others for coffee. They had seen nothing as well.

Even though I had only been in Adelaide for 2 days in total, taken no photos and seen no sights whatsoever, I liked Adelaide. It's got a cosmopolitan, bohemian vibe and it seemed like a very nice place to live. On one side of the road in Rundle Mall there are loads of shops, smart restaurants and coffee shops whilst directly over the road in Hindley Street it's like Kings Cross in Sydney, loud pubs and strip clubs. In Rundle Mall you're likely to see lots of arty people sipping coffee while in Hindley Street you could see an Aboriginal man in a tutu dancing with a hula hoop! And I saw both of those!

The city seems really compact yet just over 1 million people live there. It has a small town vibe and everything you could possibly need is a short walk in town. No other city I've been to so far in Australia can say the same is true. Sydney and Melbourne whilst, being great cities, are far too large and finding what you need could be a real mission. For this reason I believe that Adelaide is the most liveable city in Australia, and I never expected that to be the case before I came.
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