Adelaide, Austraila: chocolate tour, art gallery and botanical gardens

Panicking to a recent received email, I jutted out of my bed. I basically got an email to say that my flight from Ayers Rock to Adelaide had been cancelled and that I could switch to a flight from Sydney to Adelaide that evening. How was I going to get to Sydney in time? I didn’t want to pay for another flight. I tried to ring but no answer so I thought when I get to the airport it would get sorted. I missed a call from the airline, who told me to ring them back urgently. Once I did, it was concluded that I was going to get a later flight at midday then fly to Sydney then to Adelaide, six hours after the initial flight time.  At least I would get there today.img_20161123_100921

I now had a morning to kill before getting the shuttle to the airport. I really didn’t do anything. When I checked in at the airline desk, they told me the reason for the change of flight and gave me a $15 voucher for the restaurant to get lunch as kind of compensation.

Through security, I purchased a salad sandwich, a chocolate muffin and a soy latte then waited for my flight to be called. It was a standard sort of flight where the time flew by and soon enough I had landed in Sydney. On board, however, I did have some delicious snacks of cheese biscuits, savoury bites, a muffin and a chocolate.img_20161123_103214

I changed terminal to the Quantas area then checked in for this flight, where I could board an earlier flight, departing in 45 minutes. Luckily, it didn’t take too long going through security so in no time I was sitting on my seat, waiting for the plane to take off. On the flight, I ended up chatting to the girl next to me who was a university student from Adelaide. As well as eating our complimentary dinner of salmon salad and red wine. Again, like a blink of an eye, we were on solid ground at Adelaide airport.img_20161123_121719

Once I had collected my bag from the conveyor belt, I tried to find the airport shuttle but I was unsuccessful so I took the public bus instead. It was cheaper and only a five minute walk to my hostel. As the receptionist wanted to take a 3% surcharge for my card, I walked about 10 minutes to find a cash point before returning and paying him. By the time I was all sorted, it was about 10pm and I was exhausted so I just went to bed early ready for a full day the next day.

I only had one full day in Adelaide as my tour was only leaving the following day, so I wanted to make the most of the day and get up early. I had heard that there wasn’t too much to do in this city.

As soon as I was ready, I left the hostel to explore my surroundings. I had done a little bit of research so I first I wandered through Central market, where they were selling fruit, vegetable, clothes, jewellery and some souvenirs. img_20161123_121956Next I went to the Haigh’s chocolate factory. When I walked inside, the smell of chocolate filled my nose. I tried to do a tour straight away but unfortunately it was full up so I booked a place for an afternoon tour. From here, I walk through Himeji garden towards the other side of town but stopped halfway for a soy latte as I had already walked about 3km.

I carried on walking up the main street until I hit the National Wine Centre of Australia. I had just missed the only tour for the day so instead I did a self-guided tour. I could smell different grapes and find out about how different kinds of wine are made. I thought I would be able to do sometasting but part of the building was closed due to a private function. Right next to the centre was the botanic gardens, where I leisurely strolled around, admiring the flowers, lily pads, fountains and scenery in general.img_20161123_131143

By now it was lunchtime and my stomach started to grumble. What did I feel like? Sushi, of course. It’s never hard to find a cheap, good sushi counter in Australia. I took a rest in a nearby park to eat.

After I dawdled along North Terrace, where all the touristy spots and museums are: old and current parliament house,  Government House, National War Memorial, State library, South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia. I decided to look around the art gallery which featured old and new Australian paintings, temporary gallery about a modern perspective about the World Wars, Japanese art and some contemporary art. I love just moseying around a new museum, inspecting, comparing and admiring the art work. Sometimes I get lost in thought, considering at every detail, thinking about their inspiration and the materials they have used to create their work.

When I had finished, I window-shopped along the main shopping street filled with chain stores, souvenirs and Christmas decorations.img_20161123_104411

Then I strolled back to the chocolate factory, ready for my tour. A large group of us gathered in a room, where a lady gave a brief history of the company, where the chocolate bean comes from and some delicious tasting. She gave us more information about the making of the chocolate through timelines on the wall then showed us around the area. People were in the factory making, marking and packaging the chocolate.  At the end, we were given a dark chocolate, honeycomb piece before we were able to look around the shop to purchase some products. However, as I’m a traveller with limited space and continuing onto hot countries, it would have been a great idea to buy some of the chocolate.

I headed back to my hostel via Coles to get some dinner. In the hostel I just had some food, sorted a couple of things out and skyped my mum. I ended up going to bed early as I was feeling tired and I was going to be picked up pretty early the next day.

I like the city of Adelaide and wished I had a few more day there to explore the surroundings. It bigger enough to have everything a city provides but smaller enough to not be overcrowded.