No, really. What is there to do in Adelaide?

Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

This morning we had a plan – it was a bright, sunny day, so we were going to go to the Visitor's Information Centre to get the lowdown on activities in Adelaide. So off we (Will, Dan & I) traipsed to the CBD. Before anything, Will was intent on showing me the Central Market, not I might add for the commercial/architectural value of the market itself. He (and I) was more interested in getting some Bubble Tea.

Bubble Tea? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s similar to a milk shake (both Will and Dan chose Mango, while I went for the Banana), but with 'pearls’ at the bottom – the pearls being a type of chewy jelly that you suck up your straw. I hadn’t had anything like it before and I have to say it was very good. Adelaide may be relaxed, but it sure has some culinary delights!

Again with the comparisons, but I can’t help it – the Visitor’s Centre in Melbourne was huge; you needed to get a ticket (making a choice of which you language you wanted to be assisted in and what information you would like – sightseeing in town or tours in and around town) in order to join a queue and wait to for your number to be called. The one in Adelaide was little bigger than a Punch & Judy booth. Despite the fact that there were lots of leaflets extolling the virtues of Australia’s most relaxed city, the woman ‘providing’ me with information was vague about what there actually was to visit or see. What I took from my visit was that I should visit the Adelaide Oval, which could be a little problematic as there’s only one tour a day at 10:00am (while in Melbourne, the tours at the G... – no, stop comparing!).

So, that was something that we would have to leave for the next day, though it would mean getting up pretty early. After the Visitor’s Centre, we had a quick look around the shops in Adelaide, but to be honest, they weren’t particularly inspiring. Will and Dan dragged me back to Central Market for lunch. There I was in for a surprise; they have a food court there, where the sides of the hall are lined with Asian stalls; Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean... If there is a group of you, everybody just chooses the type of food they want and meets back at a table in the middle – brilliant idea!

That evening I went for a walk with Addie in a local park and I was astonished to see so many parrots and cockatoos flying free. Although Addie told me that you soon get over it and actually find them annoying because of all the noise they make. I understand the racket they make, but I don't think I'll get tired of it.
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Rod Musson on

Looks like your sort of place: food and relax! Actually it reminds me of Stroud, but without the parrots. Are your friends young boys!! If not they have great skin.

rod on

Sorry- they are young boys I am reading this in reverse

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