The Krill Have Been Removed for Remedial Treatment

Trip Start Dec 03, 2004
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Trip End Nov 31, 2005


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Friday, September 30, 2005

Everyone's always talking about how Adelaide is "boring" and "dull" compared to other Australian cities, especially Melbourne, which gets a great rep amongst travellers as THE place to go. I have to say, I didn't really like Melbourne (although maybe I didn't give it much of a chance), and although I only saw a little bit of it, I quite liked Adelaide's style. It's leafy, green, with wide streets and good shopping and a zillion private school kiddies wandering around in their amusing prep school outfits. I do grant those who diss Adelaide this: the tourist "attractions" aren't much to brag about. But as far as city atmosphere goes, I thought Adelaide had it.

I went out to the South Australia museum, which had the usual run of taxidermied animals and fossils and big ol' rocks, and was therefore pretty boring. It did have a lot of whale skeletons on display, which were interesting just by their gigantic nature, and I sat down in the museum cafe underneath these humongous specimens and beside a little display about how whales eat. Bits of whale baleen and the like---and, usually, I gather, a small display of krill. I've always thought that krill were basically invisible bit of plankton, but what do I know? In this case, the "krill have been temporarily removed for remedial attention." The mind boggles. What does this mean? What sort of remedial attention can a tiny bit of plankton need? A conspiracy theorist might believe that, instead, the krill were going to be---gasp!---replaced by a new set.

I got through two rooms at the art gallery and gave up. I probably wouldn't spend an afternoon looking at pastoral artwork at home, so why should I do it overseas? I went out shopping instead and bought a bunch of Australian Rules Football gear to take home.
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