My Weekend in Adelaide...

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hey everyone! I know it has been over a week since I have last blogged but this week was a crazy week wrapping up Session 1, which included my Wine Appreciation Class and my Australian Culture/History Class. I can not believe how fast this program has been flying. 

Before the craziness of this week hit, I took a trip to Adelaide, Australia for the weekend. I left on Thursday and came back Monday morning before my class. I had so much fun. The weird thing was Adelaide was a half hour behind Sydney in terms of time. The city was smaller than Sydney or Melbourne, but had its' own sparkle to it. The first day, when we arrived-- it was pouring rain. According to the locals, it rains on average 34 days a year in the city. What day did we pick to arrive? The one day it rained. Of course. We checked in to our hostel (my first hostel experience), dropped off our bags and instead of embracing the weather, decided it was a better idea to nap for a few hours to see if the rain would pass. Once we awoke, it was unfortunately still raining, but we decided to check out the scene of Adelaide. We poked around a mall in the center of Adelaide. "The Fringe Festival," a festival which celebrates independent art, was going on. There was expected to be a parade, but due to the rain it was cancelled-- which we found out when we passed a guy dressed up as a Transformer Robot in a huge paper mache costume who was pretty disappointed. Needless to say, our first day in Adelaide did not make a great impression. The city was cool to see, but the rain was icky.

The next day, though still a little rainy in the morning, was a lot better. We signed up for a tour with Enjoy Adelaide. Although we were the only two people under the age of 60 who signed up for the tour, we had a great time. We got to see Mt. Lofty, a of Haigh's Chocolate, Handorph-- an historic German town in Adelaide-- and went on a wine tasting trip around Barossa Valley. It was a lot of fun! The weather got better and we went out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant in China town and walked around the streets of Adelaide checking out the scene. After dinner, we went to the Garden of Lights festival. There was lots of tents where you could see live music and shows. There were lights everywhere, a ferris wheel, a couple of rides and booths where people were selling things. We payed for a $5 show, but it was awful. :P but still fun to see. We tried these mini pancakes, which were delicious. :) All and all it was fun to see Adelaide finally filled with people and without rain!
 
Luckily for us, we picked a great weekend to visit Adelaide because there were tons of festivals going on. On Sunday morning, we got up early, had breakfast at the hostel (It had free breakfast!) and then headed out to the Sprit Festival, which celebrated Aboriginal culture. It was really fun to see. Next, we headed off to Adelaide's Food and WIne Festival. We didn't pay for a glass to do any tastings, but we did have some delicious Indian food. We even watched an Australian celebrity chef make a delicious peach cobbler dessert. After, we were off on the train to Glenelg Bay. The water was gorgeous. We were all dressed to go to the beach-- with bathing suits and shorts. But the wind was so chilly and the water was cold as well-- and very wavy. Very tired from our day, we napped on the beach, wrapped in our towels. After a snooze, we walked around the boardwalk. We grabbed a quick bite-- wedges with sour cream and chilli (an Australian favorite-- and now one of mine) and a sandwich at a local bar. We returned back to the Bay, to watch the Trop Fest on the big screen. The Trop Fest was held in Sydney this year, and though we were not able to catch the real thing, it was so cool that Adelaide had it set up on the big screen. Trop Fest is the world's largest short film festival. Although we were freezing cold (only dressed in shorts, tank top and bathing suits), we stayed and watched the competing films. (Check out the winning video, Animal Beat Box: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxiSP_ch_oI) The next morning, we were back in Sydney and back to the reality of class, papers and finals.

This morning, we had our last final and I am now officially on Spring Break. I leave for Auckland, New Zealand tomorrow. Passport in hand, I could not be more excited. No worries people-- the earthquake was in the South Island of New Zealand and I will be in the North Island. I am visiting my friend, Tina, who is studying abroad there. Until next time! --Amey

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