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It was a stormy and rainy last night as we left. But, managed to get past that phase and after rest here and there and some pit stops, we finally entered South Australia. As we got closer and closer to our home, Adelaide, we were feeling more and more accomplished to have completed this extraordinary trip.After an intense 5 days of travelling, visiting new places, meeting old mates, new experiences and adventures, we have completed a trip that was never to be forgotten and I could only imagine a handful of people to have gone about to do something like this.
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We stopped in Adelaide for a few days, couchsurfing with Tony C. He’s a good guy, but like many Australians, he’s quite the character. Adelaide is one of those cities that at first glance is pretty, well-ordered and gives every outward appearance of a comfortable prosperity. People still say, “thank you” to the bus drivers here when they reach their destination. And indeed, Adelaide is in a bit of a bad spot. There isn’t enough water for South Australia’s growing population, and the economy isn’t growing as fast as it could be. It has the lowest average wage of all of Australia’s major cities and the highest unemployment rate. Young people have been moving to Melbourne, Sydney and Perth in search of better opportunities. Part of the problem is the country’s location. While Perth is often called the most isolated big city in the world, it’s still got a thriving port, a vibrant mining industry and access to world markets via the Indian Ocean. Likewise, Sydney and Melbourne are both closer to Pacific ports than Adelaide is. South Australia and Adelaide is an inconvenient distance from both hubs and from Darwin on the northern coast. There’s little incentive for companies to locate near Adelaide. I guess that’s why they make such good Shiraz and Riesling wines in the region. I managed to pick up a bottle of excellent Wolf Blass Shiraz when Tony, Julia and I popped into the winery one boozy afternoon.
7. Hug a Koala and Feed a KangarooOne of our favorite part of Australia was a trip to Kangaroo Island! Yes, an entire island named after the Kangaroos. The island is like a windows wallpaper, and one of its kind. You can feed a Kangaroo, watch the little joeys tucked in their pockets, admire the sea-lions jump into the ocean and even hug a Koala! We would highly recommend staying a night in the island but you can also do a day trip from Adelaide. A more domesticated version of this would be to visit the Koala garden in Kuranda Village, in Cairns.8. Learn Skiing
After the fixtures at Adelaide Oval don't you dare step back to your hotel room. Adelaide Zoo Pandas. Well we all agree that they are the cutest. Make some time for these adorable bamboo suckers after your date with cricket.At the center of the city, Adelaide zoo is the second oldest zoo of Australia and is the only non profit one. It is the home for Australia's Pandas and is also a major attraction with over two thousand species.
With over 29 million cows in the country, it is easy to see why certified Aussie Angus steak dominates the palate. Ranching is a massive and proud industry; yet, by current environmental standards, we should be eating more kangaroo. Roaming “The Centre” in uncountable numbers, ‘roos produce less methane, graze more sustainabily and cause less ground damage than their bovine neighbors. So Chef Ceaser skinned ours first, carefully removed the sinew and turned it into a sweet and sour soup. The result tasted like Australia itself: a solid broth with an infusion of ethnic spices, and a kick as strong as that from the feet of a giant Red ‘roo. Distinctive and powerful.