The city aptly nicknamed Radelaide continues to amaze. Throughout the Best Jobs contract thus far I actually have spent a limited amount of time in and around the city, and only just acquired enough content to create a video and blog post about the experiences thus far. So without further ado, this is the video. Hope you like it!
One of Australia’s lesser known capitals has been evolving and growing steadily for the last couple decades to become a hip and dynamic place with a ton of amazing experiences to offer. I am falling further in love with the depths of Adelaide’s complexities every week I spend exploring this amazing city. It is a hidden gem and one with a bright and exciting future.
This post, the photos, and video above are made up from about a month’s worth of exploring throughout December 2013, a bit of February 2014, and the first two weeks of March. As a foreigner learning more and more about the city’s culture and the lifestyle of its people, I have made a few generalizations through observance.
I am blown away by the sense of pride Radelaidians have for their produce and food/drink culture. And for good reason, the access to fresh quality products is right at your finger tips. The Adelaide Central Market is the best example of this and is probably my favourite place to spend a Saturday morning in the city. There is also an overwhelmingly vibrant local café culture, incredible craft beer options and a great boutique bar scene, there are outstanding restaurants scattered about the city, and of course world renowned wines streaming in from the surrounding valleys, Barossa, Claire, McLaren Vale, and the Adelaide Hills.
There is a palpable hype surrounding Adelaide’s cultural art scene, specifically in the form of the Adelaide Festival, Fringe, and WOMADelaide. I love that the city embraces a month long carnival for adults. Seriously, awesome! The Garden of Unearthly Delights… really? Yes. Really. And that is only one of countless Fringe Festival locations scattered about the city.
The 2014 Fringe is something I will never forget. I was lucky enough to attend a number of different performances as well as spend a couple ‘casual’ nights exploring the different grounds with friends and fellow travellers alike. The atmosphere was incredible. Friendly, creative, sometimes shocking, and overall mind blowing. Some of the acts this highly regarded festival attracts are like no other I have ever witnessed before. From comedic to cabaret, from circus style tent acts to street performers busking for a beer. The level of talent, creativity and originality was truly awesome stuff.
The Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide were also great experiences for me, if only being able to catch a couple shows, it was the vibe and again creative atmosphere that blew me away. WOMAD is a four day international music festival set in the heart of the city’s parklands. It drew acts from all six continents and the diversity alone made the experience amazing. I saw artists from India, USA, East Africa, and New Zealand all in one afternoon. There were family’s picnicking, friends laughing, couples dancing, and people everywhere just generally milling about in the perfect atmosphere of international love. It was a very cool place to be and soak in.
The Adelaide Festival is much more centered on performing arts. I was able to catch two shows. A current day depiction of Shakespeare’s Roman Tragedy as well as by far most impressive modern dance show I have ever seen. The Roman Tragedy was cool, but it was the dance show especially that blew me away. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in and must admit it was unlike anything I had ever scene. The emotion, contortion and fluidity of the performers was incredible. It was all together beautiful, intricate, powerful, and almost unbelievable. It was like a dialect of language shown through movement. Such a cool show to bear witness of. I wish I had some photos but can only share a link to more info.
These festivals conveniently all happen at around the same time of year and are very much gaining a lot of international attention and appeal. Adelaide goes nuts in February and what the locals affectionately refer to as ‘Mad March’ is very much self-explanatory. The city has hype and the pulse is innovative and vibrant. It is a beautiful time to be a part of this wonderful place.
The surroundings of the city are very much as attractive as the cultural events happening in the centre. Adelaide sits conveniently on a small plains area comfortably between a set of low lying hills and pristine white sand beaches. There is easy access to great biking, hiking, swimming, wildlife viewing, natural forests and even mangroves. It is a pretty and inviting part of South Australia. If you find yourself in the city be sure to check out the summit of the ever so lofty, Mt. Lofty. I think this is the best overall view of the surroundings and gives the traveller a great sense of space.
The last three and a half months have been a wicked ride and I am looking forward to continuing on the train of everything awesome SA! I’m happy you have been following along with the Best Jobs experience and will definitely be sharing some more of this wonderful state in the very near future. The time is now and we have to make the most of every moment afforded. Adelaide is doing this in strides and is definitely living up to its well-earned reputation of Radelaide!!