Friday, 21 January 2011
Adelaide And Glenelg.
I love exploring new cities as much as any hill walking day.My Plan was to take a tram from Glenelg,Adelaide,s favourite seaside suburb where we were staying in this rather splendid hotel......
I caught the first tram of the morning and was off.As you can see it was a nice day.
The River Torrens flows through the central district,widens into Lake Torrens at its heart then slims down again to normal size to reach the coast not far from Glenelg.Although good weather a mixed bag was forecast so I didn,t hire a bike.Adelaide is like a mix of both American and UK cities with confident tall modern skyscrapers of glass and steel but also older churches and institutions hunched below in their shadow.
I enjoyed the views of the city and all the different trees ,shrubs wildlife and whizzing incests.Around every corner something unknown or exotic loomed.Even though we share something of a common heritage and language Australia is still a big culture shock to the visitor,more so visually than say France or Italy in that it is so strange and far away.No wonder the early settlers wanted to introduce some things they knew from home but with devastating results for the native environment.
Next up was the Botanic gardens where I sat and read a local paper in the sunshine.Obviously the more interesting items for me were the more unusual or exotic fare that stood out from the page.The global plague of x factor ,big slumber and reality TV dross took up the same amount of headlines.I ignored them and spotted all the other stuff instead.
It sounds quite funny but you wouldn't want to mess with these guys, christian or any other types of biker.Most were built like tattooed tanks.Body building and illustrated bible stories of evil deeds punished by the righteous being highly popular arm,chest and back decorations within the various chapters.
On TV the sport consisted of Aussie rules football,Soccer or footie(UK Style football),basketball,Swimming,surfing,Trotting horse racing with little carts, and a growing newcomer to Adelaide,Girl roller derby ,introduced by a lady living here from Austin, Texas, the real home of this sport.
The weirdest thing on TV was Inspector Rex,a normal police series in German about a hard working detective and his partner who solve crimes.The partner just happens to be a big furry Alsatian dog.A cross between lassie and Taggart.It actually looked pretty good!
While I was engrossed in the paper I,d scattered a few crumbs of fruit cake leftover from my lunch.As well as the usual Oz pigeons ,moorhens ,coots and ducks this wee guy arrived and chased everything else away.
When you see pelicans up close they seem almost reptilian which of course in the far distant past they were.
When you sit nose to bill at the side of the lake its like looking into the eyes of a cartoon character and yes they do take a lot of flapping to get airborne.This was in Elder park where you can hire bikes to go round the network of cycle tracks that crisscross the district.
I Arrived back at the hotel in Glenelg and spent the rest of the time there with my sister who had been happily shopping on Jetty road, the towns main street.