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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Saturday, February 27, 2010

There are sacrifices that we all have to make in life, and as we were in Australia, it was about time that I bit the bullet, got my ass into gear and went to Adelaide, as this was Lucy's home city, plus the added bonus was that after 17 years, I would finally meet her Father and Brother, and all I could hope was that he would not expect me to ask Lucy to marry me !!!
We did the Aussie version of Ryanair/Easyjet, but here they give you your seats, pity !!! Actually, domestic customs is a joke, they let you take on anything. So different to Euroville.
 
Day 1 - GPS Link
 
Once we were down, we were met at the airport by her Brother Damian. I had heard loads about him over the years, so it felt like I knew him. Once we had the bag, we grabbed our hire car and followed Damian back to his house. We both showered as it was time to do the all important intro with her Dad. I was slightly nervous, but it went through ok. During lunch, I explained to him that I have a deal with her Mum, as she had her for 18 years, I had to do likewise before I could return her, so he was kind of happy that Lucy could be coming home soon !!!
After lunch, they gave me a bit of a tour, but the jetlag had hit home, so I kind of died until we arrived at a shopping plazA. Feeling the need for coffee, I asked for an espresso, the reply was, "What kind of espresso?" Now in Euroville, you ask for an espresso, and you get one !!! I asked her to explain, and she offered me many different types, and I found out that I need to order a short black !!!
Coffee down, back to sleep I went !!!
 
Day 2 - GPS Link
 
We took a drive back into the city and had a little run around. Lucy explained that there wasn't much to see, so we made our way over to the Adelaide Oval as I wanted to see it. There were meant to be tours but as there were 14 forklifts on the ground, they had stopped all tours and nobody was allowed near the hallowed turf, so I walked out, through the stands and checked out the ground !!! And I didn't get run over by any of those forklifts !!! We did go back inside as the official Sir Donald Bradman museum is here. It was interesting, but no photos were allowed. Basically, it showed him to be the God that all us cricket lovers know him to be. Outside was the Adelaide Cathedral, and as I have seen it 1000's of times on tv, we hit it up as well. It was quite nce, so we ran around shooting until it was time to leave.
Back in town, the touro info guy said that I could do a tour of the Coopers brewery, so we raced over there. Now this is my all time favourite beer, and was quite looking forward to a tour. Once inside, they told me that the touro info people were wrong and I just couldn't rock up and expect a tour, plus I was dressed inapproprietly. Now I was disgusted, I had done my best to dress in the Aussie way. I had shorts, singlet and sandals, and personally, I think the sandals let me down as everybody else was wearing thongs !!! Note to self, you are in Ausland, wear thongs !!!
Pissed off, Lucy said fuck it, lets go into the hills to the oldest German settlement in South Australia,and as I was a passenger, I couldn't really say no !!!
Hahndorf was our destination, and once there, I saw a memorial to the founding Fathers, and the majority of pubs sold either Spaten, which I can't stand, or Lowenbrau, and when we saw the prices, we stuck to local instead !!! There isn't really much there, so we went back to Damian's place and went for a walk on the beach, and as we were having dinner at his g/f's house, she joined us. Angie seemed quite nice, and later, her dinner went down a treat.
 
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Once Angie had got her shit together, we hit the road as we were having a road trip day out. As we drove through the countryside, honestly, all I could think was, I really need to get a job back in Aus, the countryside is spectacular. I was so happy to be there, just sitting back, taking it in.
Eventually, we arrived at Victor Harbour. This is an old whaling port, and after the killing of whales stopped, the town went into decline, however, like all good places, tourism arrived, and as I am a tourist, I fitted in quite well !!!
We had a quick bite, and then Damian suggested we walk around the island that is connected via a bridge. As it is all granite, it was called Granite island. We are an inventive lot !!! The island was nice, and the big touro attraction is seeing the penguins, but as that is a night time thing, we didn't expect to see any, but we wre in luck, we did see one baby penguin. I did think about stuffing it into my bag and taking it home to London, but it was way to fast !!!
Back on the road, I daydreamed about living in Aus again !!!
 
Day 4
 
It was time to leave, so I said a quick goodbye to Angie on the phone and thanked Damian for his hospitality. He also said that with the return of Lucy after 18 years, I could still come and visit !!!
On the way to the airport, we had a quick look at Glenelg, but it was nothing special !!!
 
And Finally
 
So its taken me to many years to get here, and Adelaide didn't let me down, it was just like a big country town, but realistically I do want to come back, and I know I say this about everywhere, but in my heart, I do know I will be back and I am actually looking forward to it.
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