The Great Ocean Road, Adelaide N Pizza in a Cone!!

Trip Start May 24, 2010
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Trip End Sep 04, 2010


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Warrnambool

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Monday, June 14, 2010

So this weekend was a long weekend away to Adelaide, taking in The Great Ocean Road on the way.  What can I say.  Victoria, the State I'm staying in is beautiful.  As we drove along towards Adelaide the scenery just reminded me of home, green green fields and English trees! Which is quite suprising seen as I'm half way round the world! Being from the North of England it was weird seening lots of flat land.  The fields just went on forever, and some parts we drove for ages before seeing another car!  And the houses here are just so random, appartently there's a law/rule that you can't build a house that has the same features as your neighbours, so each have their own unique character about them.  Alot are 'federation' which means they look the same as they did when people first colonised Australia, though the only way I can describe them (I guess I should take some pics eh) is, New Orleans style, with the balcony's and fancy barriers.

Anyways, we get onto the Great Ocean Road and Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot put into words how beautiful some of the sights I saw were. The Ocean a deep blue in places and others a pale blue, and the waves, just beautiful, when they crashed and turned all white, and the size of them.  There's something calming about watching a rough sea on a clear day.  The sky all blue, the sun shining, taking the odd break behind some clouds, the wind biting your face, but not uncomfortably.  I could sit and watch the sea all day.  It's weird cause I have never lived by the sea or visited it that often in my life, but I have some fascination with it, I know I'll defo end up living somewhere byt he sea. So, we saw the 12 Apostles, basically they are giant rock formations  standing out in the Ocean, althought erroding as the years go on, with some already fallen.  We stopped a while down the coast after this also and again, words cannot describe.  The sun shimmering the water from behind greying clounds, the sounds of the big waves crashing down...awesome.

We stayed over night in Warrnambool, you can see the Whales from one of the beaches, Logan's Beach, when they come in to calve.  Unfortunatley not on our day.  We visited Granny's Grave tho, the grave of the first white woman to be buried there.  Logan's Beach was beautiful, we could have stayed there all day, it was so peacceful and calming just watching the sea.

Therest of the journey to Adelaide was long, with the odd sight here and there, most of the lands reminded me of England or the highlands in Scotland.  How could you ever feel homesick? 

Adelaide.  What can I say?  If I had gone there first, I would have been disapointed, not at all what I was expecting.  A smaller city compared to Melbourne, and doesn't have the highrise buildings in the centre, yet when you walk along the main shopping mall, there's so many people and it's busy and lively and, well, I didn't like it.  To me, it's the kind of city that made me dislike cities in the first place!!  However, it was interesting and some of the arcitecture was beautiful.  We spent friday evening just bumming about the shops,  saturday (my birthday also) was spent at the Zoo.  Normally Zoo's bother me, the animals always look sad to me.  However, this one was great.  The enclosures were well barriered from the public but inside the were open air and large, with the odd exception of course, well, nowhere is perfect.  I saw some animals I'd never seen before too!! Oh and the highlight of the day? Feeding Squirrel Monkey's!! That was definately different and a great experience!!  Sunday, we went to Glenelg, and foudn the 'Lolly Shop' which sold items and sweets from the UK, USA and other places....mmmm we got our Walkers Crisps!!! And a walk again down to the beach, later we visited the Market back in the city and had, a Pizza Cone!!! basically an icecream, but pizza, and no I don't mean Pizza flavour icecream!! It was the most delicious pizza I have ever tasted!!! Dinner that evening was at Ned Kelly's Aussie Restaurant, the best meal I have had since landing in Australia!!!  I would defo recomment it to anyone who ever visits Adelaide.

Obviously, there was a whole lot more to the weekend but i think this entry is getting long enough already!!!

It's hard for me to believe that two weeks ago today at this time (Mon 1.40pm Uk time) I was still in the UK.  I feel like I've been here forever, I've settled in so well, I love it.....perhaps, just perhaps I belong here? After all, what's in Cacky Accy? Apart from family and friends.  I'm never gunna settle down with anyone from there, the job opportunities don't exactly come about too often.  Just what, in the whole of the UK, is there for me??....


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