"May as well be here we are as we are" ~Aboriginal saying
Good morning! After a short nights sleep (jet lag doesn't let me sleep past 8:00 a.m.) I'm ready to continue my story.
Day 2 (May 23)
Today we spent most of the day shopping. Our first stop was to get our SIM cards. After much debate we decided to go for Vodafone as our chosen carrier in Australia. Though they had good deals, $40 for unlimited text and call in Australia and free international calling on weekends, we got the slowest worker there to help us. I'm pretty sure it was the first day on the job. It took us maybe 2 hours to get our SIM cards. I unfortunately forgot my passport so I had to walk all the way back to our apartments within those two hours and back and they were still having trouble when I got back. On my way back I met up with two other students on our trip and it literally took them maybe 5 mins each to get their SIM cards. I don't know what our guys problem was, but slow service is part of the abroad experience, right?
Our next mission after we got our SIM cards was to get essential household items (laundry detergent, paper towels, etc.). We thought maybe the Target on the mall would have that kind of stuff...We were quite wrong. Target in Australia are much like Macy's in America. They have nice clothing, home decor, amongst other things, but not what we were looking for. I had forgotten my belt in America which was a huge problem because none of pants would stay up, so I got a belt at Target. Made my day! Since Target didn't have what we were looking for we decided to head for our next destination the Central Market.
The Central Market is your typical inclosed fresh produce market. Now Adelaide is a pretty quite city during the day most of the people come out at night, maybe they're vampires...either they're vampires or they are all at the Central Market. I think the later is probably true. The Central Market was packed with people! We only did the first story of the Central Market where we saw lots of forbidden fruits, meats, candies, bakery items, anything you could imagine that wouldn't be factory produced. My only purchase was 3 apples which were grown outside of Adelaide, I got them for 4 Australian dollars which is about 2-3 American dollars so I thought that was pretty good. After we got our fresh produce, we still need our household essentials so we headed back to Rundle Mall.
We finally found our household essentials at a store literally right beside Target. I don't understand why we didn't go there earlier...I guess we just like taking the long way (Central Market is not very close to Rundle Mall). This store is called Woolworths which is probably the closest you will get to Walmart in Adelaide. Lesson learned at Woolworth: dryer sheets are not a thing in Australia.
Once we brought our loot back to our apartment, I was not ready to stop (otherwise I would have fallen right asleep). So I dragged some of my apartment mates out into the city again. Our goal was to find a wine bar. We unexpectedly ended up at this lovely little bar called Benjamin's on Franklin. It was a nice lounge bar with a old fashion/modern vibe. With out pictures on the wall and those kind of couches from old mansions that you feel like you would break if you sat on them. It was actually quite lovely given that it was not our intended destination, which we believe would not have been as lovely. The pictures attached are from when we were at Benjamin's. Those pictured are Katie and Jiaorui.
For dinner I picked out a student pub for our group called Edinburgh Castle. This was much better then the restaurant we chose the night before. We dined outdoors on a colored twinkle light patio. The other patrons were around our age so we didn't feel too out of place. Someone had reserved the other half of the patio for a 21st birthday party! Either that person doesn't have very many friends or that party was starting pretty late. It was good fun though. We all ordered pizza, which in my opinion was unsatisfying (not enough cheese), but the company and atmosphere made up for it!
Good gosh we did a lot yesterday! Until next time.