I didn't spend as much time in Melbourne as I would have liked, but the trouble I had finding accomodation became too much to deal with each day, so I booked myself onto an over night bus to Adelaide and after only one phonecall had myself booked into a backpackers hostel near the bus station in the city too! It was all so easy. The bus journey was fine apart from a crying new born baby, a very smelly man with a drum and lots of snoring echoing around me! Almost immediately after arriving in the city, I started to feel unwell. I knew I was coming down with tonsillitis again, after having it twice previously in the last 4 months! On Good Friday I was not feeling at all well and my throat was starting to close up and I was having trouble breathing and swallowing. I was in a lot of pain and couldn't get to see a doctor as the whole of the city had closed down for Easter. After trying to lie down I started to get the fear and needed to get antibiotics. My only option was to go to the emergency department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, so off I trotted. They sorted me right out and in what seemed like minutes I was back in my hostel bed, which was where I was to spend my next 4 days! Not the way I had planned it!
Once I was up and about, I started meeting up with family I ha never met before and taking walks around the city and going to all the free attractions. The weather was a bit of a shock as it was quite cold, but I was determined to carry on wearing my flip flops! I went to a beautiful light show, where some of the old buildings along North Terrace are lit up with weird and wonderful lights. My favourite was the cob web and spider! I have been to a nice beach in Glenelg and saw a bit of a volley ball tournament, but every day since has definitely not been beach weather! I have visited the museums and botanical gardens and been to the National Wine Centre and on a wine tour in Maclaren Vale. I went on a day trip to a lovely coastal town called Victor Harbor where I took a walk onto Granite Island. I met some lovely people at the hostel and have met up with them a few times and had a few drinks. I had to make up for a week of lost time whilst on antibiotics!
This last weekend has been spent at the Adelaide Oval watching the international rugby sevens tournament. I was really excited about this as it's been ages since I've seen a live match and was having withdrawal symptoms! It was a very well-run and fun event and the weather was absolutley beautiful for a change! England were shocking and lost every match with dismal performances. The highlight of my two days were the Kenyan team and their supporters. They were amazing! They all just looked like they were having so much fun! South Africa ended up victorious.
I am at present still happy to hang around here and relax and see the family for a bit. I am looking to get work before I plan to head off to Perth.