Quirky Adelaide

Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Before heading into the city to return our van we decided to head for the Adelaide hills to sample some of the famous South Australian wine. We picked a vineyard called Nepenthe who specialise in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc as the hills are a few degrees cooler than the rest of South Australia. 

 Our wine expert was a very enthusiastic guy who knew far too much about wine and explained all the ins and outs to us, but in a fun and engaging way. Katy was pretty clued up about it and asked some poignant questions whilst I pretended to know what they were talking about and just drank the 'nice wine.' The Adelaide hills are beautiful and the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky so all of the vineyards were bright green and looked beautiful. 

 As I was driving, I tried each wine and then gave the rest to Katy so had a very chatty Katy for the journey into Adelaide City
 Arriving into Adelaide City centre we started wondering what sort of City this was, within the first couple of hours of being there we saw:
 - A Chinese guy who looked around 18 wheeling a granny trolley around with him
 - A homeless man typing furiously away on a laptop (leaning it on a bin)
 - A guy holding a sign saying 'free cuddles' who was wearing a full black morf suit
 - A broad man with long brown hair wearing very short denim hot pants and several other odd sights which I have now forgotten.

 Then we realised that the Adelaide Fringe was on which could explain it. Perhaps someone from Adelaide would be able to verify whether Adelaide is always a bit retro or if the Fringe simply attracts the Arty sorts.

 Not only was the Adelaide Fringe on, but also the Adelaide Festival and St Patrick's day, so the whole City was buzzing with people, activity and a LOT of drinking. (No Irish stereotypes here but you know what I mean). Whilst we didn't go to any shows, there were lots of street performers and lots of live music going on so it was just great to be in Adelaide during the festival. We watched one street acrobat guy for a bit until he started preaching on and on about how he expected everyone to come and say thank you at the end of the show. It was way too intense and so off-putting.
 "I do this for a living and travel the world performing for people. All I ask is that you come up at the end to say 'Thank you.' I think $10 for an adult is a fair price, DO NOT give me any silver coins that is for the homeless. The least you could do is.... there's an ATM if you don't have any cash..... don't leave without paying....blah blah blah!" So we left.

 On the Sunday we explored the City on foot visiting the Botanical gardens, the National Wine centre of Australia (no tastings... boo!), Central market (which was closed.. boo!), Chinatown and the Adelaide Oval cricket ground. We also happened to be in Adelaide on the day when Government house and gardens were open to the public so we were able to go and see where the Governor lives and where the kings and Queens would have been on their occasional royal visits to Adelaide in the past. It was pretty cool but so busy you could hardly move, perhaps they don't open up the house very often.
Our Adelaide accommodation wasn't exactly the Ritz. Again, being completely unaware of all the events on this weekend, most hostels and hotels were full apart from the one we stayed which had a twin room available. It looked more like a cell than a room (we should know, we've been in them in Melbourne Gaol) and couldn't have been more basic. It was a big hostel and was full but had a tiny kitchen which was abused and was pretty disgusting with bits of food floating in the sink water, rubbish everywhere and a really horrible smell from something someone had cooked. We decided it was a worthwhile investment in our health to eat out!

 So Adelaide was a bit of a mix. The Fringe was cool, the weather was beautiful, the atmosphere was lively, the people were 'interesting' and the hostel was dank and smelly. Fortunately Coopers beer is made in South Australia (so was cheaper) and we spent most of our time out exploring rather than in our cell.

 Adelaide doesn't come close to Sydney or Melbourne but the bus fair to the airport was only $3 each so massive credit there. haha!
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phil on

Another parent who has just got up to date. Stunning stuff. Swan lager in Perth next.

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