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Published: December 5th 2007
Last we wrote, we had no idea where we were heading. Well, we are in Adelaide, South Australia, now. And what a wonderfully different place this is! But Ill tell you first what we did on our last day in Queensland.
Since Carolina had such a hard time getting into the water and snorkle on the cruise we took to the Reef we decided to wait for good sunny weather and head to the Green Island just out of Cairns coast. Green Isl is part of the reef and is actually a sand cay and has rainforest grown on it. We got the sunny, hot weather on our last day before flying out of Cairns and took the catamaran to the Island. We had a blast! Since it was 1st of December that we decided to celebrate "pikkujouluja/lillajul" in otherwords little xmas on the island. Well, Carolina wore the xmashat on the boat and you can guess people were watching us a little oddly... It just got better as we finally got to the island(the boat ride took 1h30min) and went to snorkle. The water was clear and we saw a ray on our first snorkle! I
tried to chase it(dont know if that was such a good idea) but it was faaaaar too fast for me. Then we put on our xmas hats again and went into the water with them on... You can imagine the looks on the japanese tourists as we were in the water, "Oooh, take a photo!"...(you have to think of the japanese accent and say it really really fast) 😊 On our second snorkle the weirdest thing happened. We were in the water and out of the blue, literally, dozens of rather big fish just jumped out of the water at excatly the same time from one tiny spot and made a huge splash! You could say we were a bit astonished about this and had no idea what had happened. We saw people run to the shore and pointing at the spot and still we had no idea what had happened. Seconds later we saw huge amounts of fish swimming really close to the shore really really fast. To this moment we STILL dont have the faintest idea why they jumped out of the water. On our third and last snorkle I saw an eel. I called for Carolina to
come closer and have a look too. As we had our snorkels in our mouths I just pointed at the eel and made her look. She looked and went away. I wasnt sure she saw it, because it was pretty cool, so I pulled her over again and pointed at the eel again. This time she nodded and went away again not really appreaciating my discovery at all. After half an hour or so later when we got to the beach I was still pretty hyped about the eel and was like "that was cool 'eh??" She was like, "what??" She hadn't seen it!!! She thought I was pointing at the big fish around it....... Anyhow, we had a good time at the Green Island and even Carolina got her Great Barrier Reef experience 😊 The following night we said goodbye to Queensland and packed our bags to head down to South Australia.
Ruth Ann, I read the book by Bill Bryson, A sunburned country, and I liked it. It was as you said really funny and taught a alot about the country itself. I just wanted you to know how I didnt like the fact how he praised
the lifeguards so much and hadnt done any research on them. Did you know that nearly all of them do it voluntarely???? He had no mark about this, yet he said so much about their professionality and so on... Well to the point of this, he said that before he got to Queensland everybody told him how crazy people were there. Their nuts and crazy if I recall right. Well, the funniest thing happened when we took the taxi to the airport. We told our driver that we were flying to Adelaide and he told us a little story about it(too long for me to write about) and the conclusion was that people are really crazy in South Australia. I laughed in my little mind remembering what it said on the book...
Adelaide has been a really refreshing city for us after beeing on the East Coast for so long. Firstly, it was freezing cold when we got here. The wind was cold and it was barely over 20 degrees. After beeing in FarNorthQueensland the last 4weeks where temperatures rarely went under 30 this was a shocker for us. Yeah, it must sound weird since we are Finns and
all that.. The city's center is surrounded by parks. Its quite funny 'cause every time you walk to a street that has a park, you know you've walked too far. Easy to say too, is that the parks make the city really pretty. The surroundings are full of suburbs that are not filled with apartmentbuildings but houses. Big & little houses, pretty brick houses, just a LOT of houses! We took a bus to go to a winery today, and we made this conclusion.
Now the winery we went to was the Penfold's Magill Estate winery. Needless to say it was quite fun and a real experience. And we got lucky, not only once but twice :D We get there knowing that the $15 3pm tour is going to start any minute, so we run! Only to discover that we are going to get a really exclusive winery tour because there was only one other person beside us. And we loved it! We learned a great deal about not only Penfold's history but also about Australian wine history. It was fascinating! Second time we got lucky was when we had already tasted all the wines that were included in
our tour, We got extra tastings 😊 Now not only did we get to try more than 5 different wines, we got to taste THE wines! The Magill estate and St. Henri wines 😊 They were pretty damn good! And when we heard the prices for them, we would savour the taste on our tongues forever 😊 That's how expensive they were.
Just a couple of things I want to point out about Adelaide more. The Sun goes down like back home. Very late. This is very different than in Queensland where it always went down around 6pm. Feels weird now, but I guess we should be pretty used to it. Than there's a really funny thing we noticed while walking in the CBD. People wait the buses in perfectly lined lines. They are just like the military. Its hilarious! Whenever we walk past a busstop and see these people standing on a line shoulder-to-shoulder, well, it just cracks me up..
Tomorrow we are renting a car for a week or so to see sights. We will skip Kangaroo Island, not because we dont want to see it, but 'cause it is way too expensive to get into.
For 2people and a car it would cost to take the ferry over about $320. Yeah, that's what we thought too. So we are going to go see the Fairy penguins and seals and dolphins and stuff around Victor Harbour. Then we plan to see some of Barossa Valley, also known for good wines, and maybe go see Yourke Peninsula too. So that's the plan now! Atleast we have a plan this time 😊
Love ya all! Jani & Carolina
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