Green fingers

Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

I never thought I'd say this about a city but it's been great being back in Adelaide. Adelaide's a pleasure. It's simple, laid back and snail-paced, nothing like your average city and a refreshing change from Perth where the people are tightly toned, heavily groomed and immaculately dressed. Not real world. Here in Adelaide they're just people doing what they do, just normal life. And Adelaide has toilets, so it has the double thumbs up from me. It might also be the fact that last time I was here I had to spend the majority of my time hobbling about on crutches, and so I didn't get to see things like the Rundle Street Mall, the parks, the street performers and the Botanical Gardens, which are fantastic - perfect for chilling out and soaking up the peace and quiet. A cruisy couple of days all up.

On Saturday I met up with another bunch of couchsurfers, including a 'between jobs' student, a lawyer and a very interesting forensic scientist, who between them effortlessly highlighted my overall dimness like a spotlight. Great conversations though. Did you know that you can tell what side of bed someone gets out of just by looking at a sample of their handwriting from last year?

Of course, the usual hostel capers played a big part in the whole experience. As well as a small group of exciteable 'gap-years', an absolute pain-in-the-arse group of young German's (of the extremely arrogant variety), I met a really interesting Russian guy who was also travelling Australia solo by motorbike. His English was basic so our brief conversation took a small eternity, but it turns out this guy's living the dream proper. He's just shipped his Africa Twin over from East Timor and has been heading slowly around the continent, with an overall plan of making his way through Asia and the Stans before rolling up in Eastern Europe. Top bloke. I told him of my encounter with Claudio Angelini, the Swiss guy travelling solo, also on an Africa Twin and would you believe, the Russian guy knew him! He'd met him on the road previously on the way to Adelaide. Small world. Naturally this got me excited so I told him of old Brummie Brian (who texted me a couple months ago by the way saying he'd just finished touring round Australia on that battered old 1958 Triumph Classic) but he didn't know him. Sort of killed the conversation really.

Other highlights include enjoying a good sampling of Kava (nice and tingly) from Australia's 'only' Kava Bar and getting groped in the street by a randy Aboriginal chick, all adding to the fun of course.

As for me, I'm sitting tight waiting for the bike to show. It's been in transit the last three days and should be here in Adelaide by the morning. I can only pray there isn't a balls-up..
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