Despite having a total of 3 weeks between flights in and out of Adelaide, I actually spent very little time in the city.
I’ve already posted about my two WWOOFing experiences, those are what took up most of my time, quite a lot of which was out of the city. That said, during the stay at my first WWOOF host I did take a couple of wanders whilst armed with my camera.
I’m not sure whether it says more about Adelaide or about me, but I didn’t take many photographs around the city at all. The main collection of images was shot around North Adelaide (and Northern suburbs); these hedgehogs for instance are in a small park area in Bowden near my first WWOOF host.
As is this ring shaped seat (I think it’s designed for sitting anyway) which looks to have been tagged by French street artist Invader. Whether it was them or not will remain unknown to me.
One thing I did notice about Adelaide is the local community artistry. Jacqui, my first WWOOF host was quite heavily involved in some of these projects, such as painting these ‘stoby poles’ (electrical poles)
There are a lot of painted stoby poles around, decorated both for aesthetics and in an attempt to calm traffic. In a couple of areas the road itself has been painted too.
Whilst on my wanders, admiring various painted things, I looked upwards before crossing a road to see this humorously modified stop sign.
And after a little more wandering, I found myself in North Adelaide itself, a pleasant little suburb that is mostly residential. And from the look of the houses, it’s quite a well to do residential area. Here’s one building that I was quite fond of.
North Adelaide has a famous cathedral; St Peter’s, which I discovered after rounding a corner at some point on my amble.
Quite an impressive building really.
I also found some street art in North Adelaide. There was a laneway, the entire length of which was adorned with art of all different styles.
I’ll include two shots in this post but I’ve uploaded a few more pictures to Flickr if you’d like to see them.
My second trip into the city gave me my first pelican sighting. My camera wasn’t particularly handy at this point in time so I opted for the iPhone for this happy snap.
And during the trip I visited Adelaide’s Art Gallery of South Australia. As well as the main galleries, I saw an interesting exhibition called The Black Rose by photographer Trent Parke where I discovered this glove, my assumption is that it had been positioned by some cheeky patron, but I guess it could have landed like this through coincidence.
Whilst between WWOOF hosts I had two nights in a hostel in the CBD; you would have thought that maybe I’d use the time effectively, trying to find exciting things to see and do, but no. I stayed in pretty much all the time. I did venture out to feed myself, and I did spend one evening going to see some hockey. The games were good to watch, both ladies and mens premier league matches between Port Adelaide and another team who I’ve completed forgotten the name of. Port Adelaide won both.
Upon returning from my second WWOOF host I vowed to make a better attempt to see the city, so once I had dropped the car off I made some plans for my last day in the city. Here’s a picture I took of a building on the way to my first destination.
And here’s another from roughly the same area, of Adelaide’s Convention Centre.
A short walk from this place (through a very large dog walking charity event), I made my way to Adelaide Gaol.
I won’t give you the history of the place because I can’t remember it all (I’m really bad at retaining information from these types of place), but here’s some images; firstly, the interior of a cell.
Followed by the interior of a cell block. This was the first block in the gaol that was built with doors that all faced inwards to a single corridor.
The gaol has a rec room with all sorts of activities for prisoners. The painting on the wall was done by an inmate.
The gaol is an interesting place to visit, with a lot of history. They used to hang some prisoners; the bodies being buried on the grounds. The only markings showing where the bodies lie are numbers on the wall above the burial site.
In this next image, the top number is what number hanging it was, the initial’s are that of the prisoner who was hanged, and the bottom row is the date of hanging. Whilst I was there, the sun was very bright and caused some strong shadows, a security camera cast one that appears to be watching over the dead.
After visiting the gaol I made a quick beeline for a street food festival I’d heard about (depressing grave sites have no effect on my stomach); held in a vacated car park there were many different vendors all offering different foods from around the globe. I was too busy munching takoyaki, gyoza, crepes, and gourmet brownies to take any photos, so in the interest of not leaving you depressed after rather morbid imagery, I've saved one more picture to cheer you up.
For me, Adelaide isn’t the most exciting of cities, nothing gave me the urge to go out and discover its potential. It does however, have its very pretty moments.