The flight to Adelaide was incredibly smooth though, so I actually enjoyed it (though I actually spent half of it asleep on the plane). Plus, I got to see the most beautiful sunrise from the plane window, so that was amazing.
Now, the first thing I noticed about Australia when we landed – THE SKY. OMGOSH THE SKY. It doesn’t burn your eyes when you look into the sky. At least not in the morning.
The coach which took us to our hotel was from Skylink, and it had regular timings stated at the airport valet, so there were no placards and touts allowed to climb over your heads and stuff. When it did arrive, the first thing we noticed was the carriage at the back.
The ride was great though, took us 20 minutes to get to the Grand Chancellor on Hindley, a boutique-style hotel in the heart of the city. So the obligatory Executive Suite pictures follow. *psst… the bed were huge and comfy, in case you wanted to know*
Adelaide was 2.5 hours ahead of us that time, so we touched down and reached our hotel at about 10:30-11AM Australian time. Settling all our stuff and getting the day bags out, the mother and I went to hit the town.
People did tell me Adelaide was a small city, and they weren’t joking – everything is within walking distance, which works well for us because we like to walk and take in the sights. While it was rather warm out, the cool winds and low humidity helped a lot (I came back to Singapore and was perspiring at lower temperatures). And because Adelaide is relatively smaller than some Australian cities, the main highlights were in one single row.
All we needed to do from our hotel was to walk a straight line down the roads.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Rundle Mall.
The first thing you notice about this place would be the fact that it’s not a mall us Singaporeans will be used to. Think Bugis Street but with wider walkways and shophouses/ departmental malls lining the sides. The open spaces hardly needed air-conditioning and was more often than not, the place for buskers, exhibitors, and just people looking for a chill.
Lunch was at a Food Court in one of the malls – it can be so funny how you come all the way to Australia to eat something different and the first thing you see in the food court is Chinese Takeout. Or Sushi in massive proportions, for the matter. Hee.
No matter, we got Mexican and Spuds, I think. Mum said the Mexican Chicken pieces tasted like Satay.
The rest of the day was spent exploring the nooks and crannies of Rundle Mall and Rundle Street, where the South Australian Writers Centre (SAWC) was. I got to meet Sean Wright (more popularly known as Sean Bookonaut/ Blogonaut) and Sarah Tooth, the Director of the SAWC, and got a nice tour around the place. The Writers Centre’s nice and cosy, but that’ll be reserved for another blog post.
So there you have it, the first day of Adelaide settled. Rundle Mall on its own can take a lot out of you, especially if you found the two Comic Shops, places like K Mart, Woolworths, and Target, as well as Haigh’s Chocolates – one of the signature brands from South Australia. The Haigh’s people were incredibly nice though, we visited the shops three times during the entire trip (Mother was ecstatic) and got free pure chocolate (milk/ dark) pastilles each time we made a purchase. Sweet!
Dinner was at the Nando’s near our hotel, mostly because the other side of the hotel was a stretch of Adult Clubs with pretty much nothing to eat except bar food and other things and we didn’t want fast food. So yes, please enjoy the pictures of my Nando’s Chicken Wrap with Couscous and my mother’s Grilled Chicken Burger as I leave this post. Stay tuned for Days 2-4!!