I'm back in Adelaide..and what I think is the best of it
07.07.2013 14 °C
It's been over 3 month now that you have heard from me, but I'm still alive, doing pretty well actually and (and that's the best part of it) I'm back in town!
I've been travelling along the Australian East Coast for a while and had myself an amazing time in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Byron Bay, Fraser Island and the Whitsunday Islands, Alice Springs and soooo many other places. But now, it just feels good to be back "home", to catch up with the lovely people I have been lucky enough to get to know when I first stayed here and to see all those places again that somehow already feel like home to me.
The weather has actually cooled down a little bit and there is not that much going on in the city as it used to be in Mad March, but there is no single day that I don't discover something new and beautiful now, that I've got a little more time I can easily walk around in the CBD. Today I've been at the Tandanya cultural centre, the oldest indigenous owned cultural centre of Australia, watching a yidaki (didgeridoo) performance and I already discovered some more nice places where to go out and have a little bit of a ball like the gostship, the crown and anchor hotel or my beloved exeter hotel on rundel street.
But let me tell you why March still is the best time to come to Adelaide, (except from the weather):
There is a real reason why they call March the "Mad"! Because it's f*cking crazy (excuse my language). There are so many festivals going on in Adelaide, that I don't ask myself anymore why South Australia is called the "Festival State".
First of all you've got the FRINGE FESTIVALtaking place and this will make the whole city go crazy. My friends back home, you can image it to be like a huge "Tollwood", all the others, imagine this huge festival ground with stages at all sizes (from really big to extremely tiny once (for just 5 people)), rides, food and a lot of crazy stuff going on and all of that being placed at Adelaide's beautiful parklands. And on top, there are heaps of bars taking part in the festival by hosting different artists.
When I have been to Adelaide for the first time, we've visited the Fringe a couple of times. We've been at the garden of unearthly delights to watch the Germain Sisters, a nice little sort of a singersongwriter-country-pop band which actually supplied one of their songs to the SATC. You should listen to it, it sounds pretty sweet.Germain Sisters - Take my handOr we just came up for a few drinks and had a nice walk around at the beautiful festival area.
With the Fringe comes the BARRIO and omg that is when things really get crazy! I am actually not sure how to describe it to you because I think it changes every day and to be honest I really didn't get wtf has been going on there but I guess the best will be to just tell you about my Barrio experienc:
Sophia (the AGSA intern) and I got there early in the evening to not miss anything (btw Barrio takes place right next to the Adelaide railway station and festival centre. It's kind of a certain area and once you're in you've got access to all that's going on there, like a dance area, a stage, food, drinks, chill out areas and stuff like that) and good on us that we did because there was a massive queue of people waiting, all dressed up like animals. We had no idea why they've been wearing those costumes but we should figure that out in the next few minutes. When we got in, there was this giant human lobster demanding for a donation (probably for the holy Barrio God^^) in the form of a little toy, a self painted picture or a photo of yourself looking like a dog, being taken by two girls dressed up as rabbits. I know this already sounds weird and crazy and I am sorry for that but that's just how I experienced it to be. And then we got in. And there have been animals around!!! And for this time I mean real animals. We saw camels and piggies and sheep and chicken and dogs and rabbits and so much more. And you could actually feed and pet them while having a drink or two at one of the many crazy bars (like the one selling coconuts). Isn't that crazy?! Then there has been some live music and DJs playing and crazy people running around doing funny stuff like pretending to be a Jellyfish. I swear, my first thought was: I have to bring that to Germany, I've never ever seen such a crazy event before! My second one has been: Well, people back home are just not crazy enough for this. They probably wont like it just because it simply doesn't make sense at all. So I decided that I have to work for the Barrio festival over here. I'm curious if this will ever be going to happen.
Another thing that's going on is the SPLASH. Again very hard to explain because Splash actually seems to last the whole yea
r just trying to make Adelaide even more beautiful, but Splash Festival itself turned out to be another open air stage right in the heart of the city, surrounded by shipping containers which have been turned into colourful bars and chill out areas. And there has been some sort of art exhibition going on, as well.
So as you can see there is so much going on, that's just unbelievable. And what I've told you is just the little part of it we had been able to go to.We just missed a concert from the Offspring e.g. and there where other big festivals like the SOUNDWAVEor WOMADelaide (a huge culture festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Australia by hosting different types of artist, music, workshops etc.), we just didn't find the time to go to. For me, as being very much into live music, this seems like paradise :-) And that's another amazing thing about South Australia that (at least the crazy) cultural events are often really affordable or even for free! I really really wonder how they can sort out things like the Barrio! It must be just awesome to organize or be the host of such a cultural happening. So now, I've got an aim to reach for my future career ;-)
But when you ask me about my most remarkable Aussie experience I just can say one thing for sure: About all this crazy stuff and amazing and beautiful spots I've seen all over Australia for the last few moth there is one thing I like better than everything else and that's sitting at Grange beach, right next to the Jetty, with a cold cider in my hand an watching a beautiful sunset.
I still don't know what to say or how to thank all those people who have been involved in making me to come to Australia, so as all the lovely people from the SATC (no matter if back home in Germany, London or right here in South Australia) and all the helpful staff of Vili's bakery (and of course Vili himself and his wife and family). I probably just go simply like this: Thank all of you for letting me have the time of my life! Thank you for letting me discover so many places that I can imagine to move to and thank you for making me want to come back as soon as I can!
I have to return to Germany soon. I am looking forward to tell all my friends and family about the amazing time I have had over here but I am pretty sure, that one piece of my heart is going to stay here, in this beautiful country with all those lovely people and amazing places. And I'll definitely be coming back! Who knows, if things do work out good for me, Australia will probably have another new resident from Germany some day. So South Australia, if you ever need a German music/event manager girl, just give me a call! I'm ready to come back!
Hope to see you all soon and thank you so much again! Take care!