Adelaide seems to be one of the forgotten cities in Australia. It seems forgotten as not many people outside this country have heard anything about it, and within Australia it seems to be bypassed by just about everybody, they go to Perth or Melbourne, of course Sydney, maybe Brisbane but not Adelaide. We have not yet seen the other ones so I cannot really compare this city to any other in Australia at this point but this city is
very comfortable, it does have more of a country feel. Its streets are very wide, there is practically no traffic jams. It has a very good climate, albeit a bit on the dry side. There does not seem to be any particular rush even during lunchtime in the CBD people do not seem to be overly stressed, there is no hectic.
The downtown area is also very compact, we walked along the Torrens river and the view as you can see in the pictures is very nice. The walk around the river is very pretty, everything is green as the city uses recycled water as of late to water the parks. There were lots of birds everywhere, I could not believe that we were in the immediate downtown area and there was absolutely no noise, it was very serene and relaxing.
We went to the Central Market, which describes itself as the “heart
of Adelaide”. It is a very colorful place, with lots of stalls selling all kinds of foods along side with different cafes. It is interesting as it was bustling, a very stark contrast to the city outside. Chinatown is next to the market and we choose a place to have lunch were the signs were illegible, it is mostly a safe bet that the food is going to be more authentic than the food you get in other places. The quality was excellent and the prices were quite good.
It was a really hot day but we wanted to walk the center of Adelaide, the famous Victoria Square. Adelaide has a nice practical grid layout and although I have a navigation system to guide me to wherever we want to go I have by now gotten the basics and I can navigate the city without any issues. Down here they say: no worries mate! The grid is centered on Victoria Square, all the streets radiate from there and right in the middle of the square, actually it has a diamond shape, is a big statue of Queen Victoria.
One of the things that I have noticed and I have not really found an explanation yet is the sizes of different drinks. In Australia a can of coke has 375ml in Europe or the US it has something like 335ml. There are bottles of water with 1.25l, we do not have them anything like that, the same goes for yoghurts, butter, and an array of other products the sizes are just a little bit different than what I have seen in Europe and the US. I wonder who decides on those things and what the rationale is behind a can of soda having 375ml or 335ml? Is it economics? Anyhow, this is no biggie but still a bit odd.
Here are some random videos of the past few weeks.