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I'm back in Adelaide..and what I think is the best of it

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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):

Mad March
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".

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!
Yours,
Steffi

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Posted by Steff_trav 07:15 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

A short lesson about bread

...a short insert

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Let me tell you some funny facts about the Aussie way of life we discovered the other day while hanging out with Tom, Sophia's Aussie colleague from AGSA. When Aussies talk about "bread" then they usually talk about what we're calling "toast". When they talk about "toast" then they talk about toasted "bread" (or in our case simply toasted toast). So what's important to know: never ever order a toast in a supermarket because they will gonna laugh at you because you just CAN'T buy toasted bread^^ Another funny thing is that they sometimes do sausages on toast (meaning toasted "bread") when making a hot dog instead of putting the sausage into a roll as we would do in Germany. So we were asking Tom why they are doing this and he just answered: "Otherwise there would be too much bread". Simple but true! Think about it, folks!

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Flinders Ranges

..the first Outback and camping experience

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Hello there!

Rainer, Sophia, Claudia and I spent the weekend joining a real Australian Outback experience trip to the Flinders Ranges. Really getting in touch with the fantastic landscape and wildlife of the Australian Outback was just amazing.

We got picked up from "Lockey" our tour guide from Heading Bush Adventures at 6 am on Friday morning. Next stop was the central bus station of Adelaide city where two other German guys joined our funny little group. From that time on we knew that this weekend would gonna be a very funny one ;-) The other people who joined the trip were...let's say a couple of years older.^^ But that didn't matter because you kind of forgot their age straight away when they started talking about shades of grey or rum and coke and other things like this.. ^^ As I said, a very funny weekend.

Our Partybus

Our Partybus

The tour was created as a mixture of riding through the Outback, driving to different lookouts, hiking and camping of course. Because of that, we got lots of different things to see, even on our way to the camping resort. To give you an overview (and it's really just an overview because we did so many things) I gonna tell you my personal highlights of the tour.If you want to have a closer look at our schedule just follow this link Heading Bush Adventure.

Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges are placed in the state of South Australia and you have to pass them on your way to central Australia. They are about 500 km long, include 3 national parkes and are surrounded by hills. As being part of the Australian landscape for so many years there exist lots of Aboriginal stories about the developement of the Flinders Ranges. Here are some pictures to give you an overview of this beautiful part of the country.

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Flinders Ranges

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Hiking at Wilpena Pound
On Friday we went out for our first walk at Flinders Ranges at Wilpena Pound what's actually a valley surrounded by hills. The Aboriginal people think that there has once been a great snake that formed the valley by trailling around the country. We went to that point where the snake's head was supposed to be when it finally lay down to relax.

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Kayaka Homestead
In Flinders Ranges they used to do (and I think are still doing) lots of sheep farming. Kayaka Homestead is a ruin of such a farm.

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Kayaka Homestead

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The most impressive to me were the Yourambulla Caves where you could take a look at some 35.000 years old Aboriginal paintings.

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and here some of the symbols and meanings

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To show you all of the stops we made during our 3 days trip would just be to much, but I can tell, we've been to some really fascinating places, such as great Lookouts as the Razorback or Twin Gum ...

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... suddenly found ourselves back in China...

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...had a lovely vine tasting at Taylors vinery...

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...and visited some cute little coffee shops.

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And could you guys ever imagine to live in a village that has a population of only 5 (!) people?! I can't! But the people living there , right in the middle of nowhere, really seemed to be funny guys. At least they've got a pizza night at the village's pub (yeah there has been a pub) once a week!^^ In one of these towns (it was actually a big one, called Blinman, with a population of !!!30!! people) we met this women from Bremen, Sandra, who runns the local Cafe (Wild Lime) as well as the local Gallery and a Tourist and Event company. According to that she works as a Paramedic, takes care of baby kangaroos and is part of the city council. So if you ever get to Blinman be sure to pop around there, she's really nice and according to that makes a fantastic tasting Quandong pie. YUM!

Well, now as I have told you about what we've seen, you guys must be curious about to see our accomondation. Here we go:
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I better gotta go now folks. This Thursday we have to move out from our holiday house in Adelaide and tomorrow is the last day of my internship. As some of you might no w Claudia, Sophia and I gonna stay in Adelaide for another couple of days to travel around Australia afterwards, so don't get upset, this won't definitely be the last time that you will here from me. There are just so many things going on at the moment but by the time we finally booked a hostel things will become easier ;-)

So to end this little entry some nice pics of the Flinders Ranges Wildlife such as euros (grey big kangaroos)and kangaroos, an emu daddy with his child, a laughing kookaburra or the shy yellow tailed rock wallaby.

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Kookaburra

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See ya soon!
Cheers,
Steffi

Posted by Steff_trav 23:09 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Kangaroo Island

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Hey folks,

how are you these days? It's getting a little bit colder here now (means up to 25° and everybody is god damn freezing over here...anyway it's still very hot in the sun but also quite windy). But no worries (ha, "no worries!" I am slowly becoming a real Aussie, recognized that?) it's still going to heat up again in the next few days. As talking about Aussie slang ("no worries" and stuff), we went to Kangaroo Island yesterday but when telling you about that amazing trip, I will shorten "Kangaroo Island" to "KI" because this is the Aussie way to do (and by the way sounds even much cooler, does it?). Anyway KI is an island located next to the South Australian coast and has once been part of the Australian mainland. Because of its seperation as being an island these days there are lots and lots of different and unique animals and plants which couldn't survive on the mainland because of their natural enemies. I imagined it to be like a paradise of white coloured sandy beaches with kangaroos hopping around everywhere. Well, it wasn't really like that but there were so many animals over there (like sea lions, bats, wallabies, pinguins, platypuses,..) living in peace and harmony (by the way 2/3 of the island is national park area) and are not even scared of human beings that I definitely want to return to KI sometime to discover more of them.

We started our trip to KI on Sunday morning at 6 am (means still night) at the central bus station in Adelaide city to catch the ferry shuttle (an 1,5 hour drive). That was when we got the first hint on what was going to expect us on KI: WE SAW OUR FIRST KANGAROOS IN WILD :-) There were like hundreds of them. Pretty cool :-)

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first kangaroos in wild

At Cape Jervis we took the ferry to Penneshaw harbour on KI. Our bus driver told us the water would be as quiet as glass...well..he's a liar. On the ferry it was like impossible to walk around but Sophia and I just had to give it a try. Oh we had so much fun!

South Australia

South Australia

our trip to KI

our trip to KI

KI

KI

On KI we recognized how our day would be like. There was this bus driving us around and it was a little bit like...well, do you know these Chinese guys trying to do whole
Europe in just 2 weeks...little bit like that :-) But it was a great chance to get in touch with this beautiful island for the first time.

Our first stop was Seal Bay what's actually a really beautiful beach with hundreds of sea lions sitting there, relaxing, playing and looking after their babies.

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After having lunch we stopped at the Hanson Bay Koala Walk and there is just this one pic I was able to take of a koala (they were playing hide and seek and we only had like 15 min to find them...we loose)

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So after seeing that koala's butt we drove on through the Flinders Chase National Park and finally arrived at the Remarkable Rocks, my personal highlight of the tour. Imagine these rocks standing there for thousands of years being formed like that just by the wind and erosion.

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by the way taking photos over there was really fun!

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After visting the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse we reached the last destination of our journey: the Admirals Arch. An impressive cave arch with lots of sea lions living there.

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And that's it. We returned at home at about 11 pm after spending a wonderful day on KI. Just a little impression on what this beautiful place really is like.
So, talk to you soon!

Cheers!

Last but not least some cute guys we met on our trip which I just can't deprive of you:

thirsty wallaby

thirsty wallaby

cute little echidna

cute little echidna

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A Quokka Lovestory

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Today we joined the "Adelaide Zoo behind the scenes tour". I think it does not need more than the following pictures to tell you, how much I loved it ;-)

The big pandas Wang Wang and Funi (sad story, Wang Wang hasn't fallen in love with Funi yet but she's pretending to be pregnant^^)
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Funi

Wang Wang

Wang Wang

their smaller brother, a red panda
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Red Panda

hugging a kangaroo
Roo

Roo

Roo and me

Roo and me

Sophia, Roo and myself

Sophia, Roo and myself

funny face competition
Funny face 1 and 2

Funny face 1 and 2

my quokka (Kurzschwanzkänguru) lovestory
Beloved Quokka

Beloved Quokka

True love

True love

PS.: I am sorry about all these pics turned upside down. You must imagine me sitting in front of my pink traveller android netbook what tries hard to missunderstand everything I want it to do^^

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