Rundle Mall

Trip Start Jan 21, 2012
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Trip End Mar 16, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Friday, March 9, 2012

I got off bus after I'd been all around the city and walked to Rundle Mall, a lively pedestrian mall that runs for 5 or 6 blocks. It is full of street musicians, artists, and performers, as well as some of the acts from the Fringe Festival giving it a carnival atmosphere. In contrast, some of the arcades off to the side are rather elegant with an old world feel and quietly stuffy, upscale shops and restaurants.  I think that’s one of the things I like most about Adelaide; there are things for every taste here and it all seems to be done with the comfort and enjoyment of the residents in mind. (Apparently, Adelaide ranks very highly in livability.)

In fact, that’s something I continue to notice about the parts of Australia I’ve seen.  This is a harsh country - - blistering hot interior, more critters that can kill you quickly than any place I’ve ever been, and very isolated from the parts of the world with which so many Australians feel a kinship (England and her "colonies").  The majority of the population lives in cities on the coast from Brisbane on the South Pacific, to Sydney and Melbourne on the Tasmain Sea, Adelaide and Perth on the Southern Ocean, Perth on the Indian Ocean and Darwin on the Timor Sea. The cities I’ve visited appear to be lovely, comfortable places to live filled with parks, facilities for sports of all kinds, and a nice British feeling that I enjoy.  The food I’ve eaten has been wonderful and the people all seem to be cheerful, brisk, and nice.  I’ve never heard anyone snap at another person, yell at a child, or appear to be tense or hurried.  The national attitude seems to be relaxed and easy-going.  “No worries” indeed!

Although Australian’s treatment of the aboriginals has been pretty dismal, and none of the Australians I’ve asked have a kind word to say about them or appear to have any interest in their  (astonishingly long) history, they do seem to have embraced a huge influx on immigrants from all over the world in recent years.  This adds an interesting ethnic diversity that is all the more obvious because so many of the immigrants are 1st or 2nd generation.  For example, there are more Greeks in Melbourne than any city other than Athens! 
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