I was returning to Adelaide as this was the nearest city that I could get onward transit to Perth, I had hoped that I would be able to do the route that follows the Great Bight and be able to get to see the Nullabor, through coastal desert road and passing along one of the least travelled roads in Australia, no busses pass this way, only the hardy and fool hardy. I could have joined an outback tour, but $1400 was a bit steep for sleeping in tents and under the stars. The other option was to take the Indian Pacific Railway for a similar sum, but that is for those that can`t stand the heat, sand and spiders. I thought, well if I am going to sit in air-conditioned for 3 days at $1400, then I may as well fly and spend the extra time in Adelaide and Perth at the Princely sum of $400 and be there in 3hrs 15 min.
I decided to go into Glenelg to see what it was like and have a look around the shops and the other places of interest as the next day I was sure they would all be closed. Jumped on a tram that took me all the way to the Glenelg Jetty. GlenElg was the original landing spot when the first settlers arrived to set up the City of Adelaide as laid out by Col Light. It was Governor Hindmarsh and his party on the Settlers aboard the first ships that landed at Glenelg, this now sleepy seaside town.
A little bit about the Adelaid Transport Sytem, within the city limits, the tram is free, you jus t jump on and jump off as you wish, l once it leaves the city limits, it is then a matter of buying your ticket (it can be at any of the numerous stops and then once you reach the start of the pay part you put your ticket through the machine ( bit like getting your ticket punched in the old days).
I stopped to take a photo of the very nice carved wood Altar screen and as I was leaving, I had a chat with the female deacon standing at the door (to see if there were any souls that need saving or worth getting at their savings), I said it was such a pity as this year I had not been or seen one single Carol service (oh, I do like a nice Carol Service), she then said well pop along tonight at 07:00 we are having a Carol Service and readings, now knowing this inside out from my formative years, I thought why not? I then headed back into town, walking along the banks of the river taking a few photographs of a couple of birds. There were of course a lot more, the Magpies and Parakeets on land and Pelicans and Shags on the water but you know all about them from my previous visit.
The first is a Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
The second was The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
I walked back to the hostel (I seem to walk everywhere these days, it keeps me fit, I suppose).
The rest of Christmas Eve went along almost as planned, I left in plenty of time as I decided to catch the bus along King William street this took one directly to the Cathedral, what is that about the best laid plans? As I reached the cross road the was a procession , a very large procession of some sect or other proclaiming their faith in Jesus, there was much drumming and singing and a dance that was 2 steps forward 1 step back and turn around and clap your hands above your head, all very interesting, but I had an appointment at the Cathedral. The bus came and I jumped on, but bit just took up its position at the end of the procession as there was a police car with DO NOT PASS and flashing lights on top so we edged our way slowly, very slowly along King William street, In thought at this rate I will miss the midnight mass never mind the Carol Service. The bus stopped at the cross roads of King William and North Terrace, decided to jump off and walk the rest of the way soon overtaking the dancing, singing clapping procession.
I got to the Cathedral and saw outside a group of various nations and the Bishop standing outside of the main entrance, they seemed to be waiting for the procession.
Undeterred, and to the sound of Oh come all ye faithful, I entered, was given an order of service and Carol Song sheet, directed to an empty seat in a row of pews and joined in. I do like a good Carol!
I then walked back to the YHA and had a look at TV thinking there may be something on the news that could shed some light on the procession business , the hostel clientele were much more interested in some Science Fiction, which I suppose so was I.
I was going to cook my evening meal but changed my mind and went to China Town to have Chilli Crispy Duck and the Chefs Special Fried Rice. The duck could have been a bit crispier and the special fried rice wasn't all that special, but it tasted ok even though I have had better.
There were about 40 of us , we ll got our water bottles, slapped on plenty of sunscreen and headed off down to the tram and then on to the Beach at Glenelg.
We staked ot our spot on the beach, it was hot very hot, but we were not alone it was normal on Christmas day to come down and cool off at the beach, only there was not a lot of cooling off being done, people were playing American Football, kicking the ball around footy and interestingly beach Volley ball.
I and one of my roommates, decided it was getting far too hot watching the beach Volley ball, so we went to find out about our Chicken dinner at Nandos, it was ready, they asked would we be taking all of the lunches, negative, we would take ours and eat it outside than go and tell the rest to come and get theirs. My roommate was suffering one from too much alcohol on Christmas Eve and two he was suffering from sunburn picked up two days previously, he had even sunburn on his eyelids. We decided that it was time to head back to Adelaide and have a Siesta.
Evening meal was easy split the Lobster in half, heated it through with a few spices, then dipped the lumps of meat in the Aioli and ate it, it did taste smashing, I think I much preferred doing it this way as I am not a great fan of sand in my food.
On arrival at the gardens, I took a better photo of the very large Fig Tree that shadows the entrance.
Walking to the lotus pond with its flowers now in full blossom.
I looked around and had hoped that my silver tongued guide would be there doing her thing alas she was not on duty that day it was some Aussie Fella, just not the same so I just done my own guided tour, retracing and crossing the route that she had taken us on the previous time. It is amazing how much you miss the first time around, this time knowing a little more about the various flowers, plants and trees I was able to enjoy it just that little bit better.
After my Laksa, I headed outside and crossed the road to the State Library and visited the parts I had missed, very, very interesting, I love visiting places that actually explain what it is all about and the old section of the library certainly did that. HOWAY THE LADS
At the bottom of Rundle Street at the intersection of East Terrace, I spied an Oyster Bar, it getting on towards lunch I though what better way of starting then a dozen of those fantastic sweet rock oysters. A nice shiraz to wash them down and I then went in search of the next course. While crossing Randal street again I looked up and saw a sign above a restaurant that made me chuckle.
I arrived outside of Japanese Sushi house, I then decided on Sushi (if in doubt head for a Sushi train that is my advice), this one was very nice, but in Adelaide you really are spoiled for choice.
A selection of King fish, Salmon and Tuna Sashimi
I really did enjoy this (as I always do), but this was a very fine example of good Sushi and Sashimi.
The next day I was heading out to the airport, this time on the pickup service and my onward flight to Perth to celebrate New Year.