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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide February 15th 2004

I’m not sure what the go is here in Adelaide in terms of trading hours but everything opens at 11am and last night even the supermarkets closed at 5pm (WTF!) so I’m missing some logic here. Maybe because they expect everyone to go to church on a Sunday morning and there would be enough churches to keep the masses happy (no pun intended). I’ve been checked out for an hour (of the YHA, not rehab!) and its approaching 36 degrees. Still half an hour to go before trading starts… So within half an hour, I will die of 1. Heat stroke 2. Dehydration (suck shit for drinking 8, sorry 4 beers) 3. Hunger/famine 4. Someone stabbing me to death because of the drenched sweaty shirt I am in. I think Bec (Dewi) was telling me ... read more
A Geographical plaque
Looking due south

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide February 14th 2004

I slept great! I didn’t go to bed too early but I got enough sleep to have a good night’s sleep. There is no escape today. The mercury is set to hit 40 degrees all over SA and the Fire Brigade is on high alert to battle any fires that might get started. Gordon and Pam call today ‘Hibernation’ as Saturday is the only time they get to rest and relax. They do have a few tasks at hand today to take care of (including me I suppose! I could have left really early this morning but it’s so DAMN hot) and then Karen realises she can’t look after her kids today so Gordon has to go over and pick them up-while she’s auditioning for Big Brother. “This is what retirement is all about.” Somehow you ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide February 13th 2004

My hands were a little black from the grease and other associated fluids from pulling out a radiator from a Datsun 200B for Karen (Gordon’s daughter). It was only 10am and already the sun was pounding down some awful heat on us. Gordon popped out his head from under the car and asked, “Are you a little dirty there, John? I bet you arts students never get your hands dirty!” “This is what retirement is all about” After finding a radiator that we wanted, a side steel fitting of the radiator just didn’t want to hold on so we had to try and weld it on. We probably could have just left it out in the sun to bake and that would have nearly done the trick. We’re trying our best to weld it on but ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide February 12th 2004

After lights out (this morning-I spent a bit longer than the standard ten minutes packing!), I looked out onto Victoria St and more tears had poured from the sky. I was also carrying an extra bag today with my technology and all. Totally hand luggage, as my Rip Curl bag was big enough to be checked in! Even though it had some important things in there, it made moving around a lot more easier. The bus to Adelaide is late and I’m listening to talkback radio at the moment. One of the topics is Hydroponic VS Field Tomatoes. It reminded me that I was still in a Fruit Fly Free zone and even though we were in a drought, this area is generally a harvest area. Another topic of discussion is the proposed toxic dump ... read more
Pinnaroo, SA
The Mighty Murray River!

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide November 30th 2002

Day One - November 30, 2002: Adelaide - Sydney - Bangkok I stayed up until 2:30am, packing my bags, on the Friday night before we left and only got four hours sleep. But I was so nervous about my first overseas trip that I wouldn’t have been able to sleep anyway. On the way to the airport it seemed I was not the only nervous one as Dad was driving through red lights on the way there and didn’t realise until we said something. Mum, Dad and Tammie saw me off at the airport, although our first hitch came quickly with Tony being unexpectedly bumped to an earlier flight without me. At least the flight to Sydney was almost empty and was a pretty easy trip and I felt the need to knock back some beer ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide February 3rd 1996

Adelaide to Darwin over 2 weeks... read more

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