Day 23...Circumventing the Australian continent...Adelaide is quite the city!...Is this cruise too long?



Once outside the train station we spotted a casino. We had no idea gambling is legal in Adelaide.
"Sighting on the Ship in Australia"
Model of steam locomotive on display on the ship.
It had been a long time since we traveled on a train. In the realm of our world travels, most often we'll have a rental car or driver we've arranged for our outings and sightseeing.


River view from the train on our way to Adelaide.
From time to time, when we don't have a rental car or driver readily available, we'll use public transportation when its convenient and safe to return to our vacation home at night in the dark which in many locations, isn't always the best option.

Yesterday, when our ship docked in the Port of Adelaide, we had no other option than to travel by train to the city of Adelaide when it was a long distance from the port.

There's US stores in many parts of the world.
The train trip began at the port and ended in the city, to continue on the same route back and forth all day into the evening with the engineer walking to the end of the line at the terminal to begin again, driving the train from the opposite end each way.


We giggled over how many times a recording stated, "Mind the gap," referring to the gap between the train and the platform.
We waited to leave the ship until after we'd uploaded yesterday's post and thus were able to avoid the crowds. There was no more than dozen passenger in our coach each way.  Not only did the train serve the needs of cruise passengers but also many locals who lived and worked along the route.


Houses along the rail line.
The cost for one round trip ticket (a plastic barcoded credit card-like pass)included a full day's pass which may be used for all forms of public transportation in Adelaide was AU $10, US $7.37 each, a reasonable amount considering the distance and the potential of using street cars and buses while in the city.


Passengers exiting the train station.
Once we arrived at the train station in Adelaide we were surprised by its size and volume of activity.  This was one bustling city.  For some reason, we'd expected Adelaide to be a quaint historic town.  It definitely qualified as historic but this was no small town.  See details below we gleaned from this site

"Population
The city of Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-most crowded city of the country. During June 2014, the city had an expected inhabitant population of 1.30 million. Adelaidean is utilized as a part of reference to the city and it’s residents. The city is situated in the north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, on the Adelaide Plains between the Gulf St Vincent and the low-lying Mount Lofty Ranges which encompass the city. The city also boasts one of the biggest cricket stadium in the world.

Demographics
People that were born abroad make 29.8% out of the aggregate population. Suburbs areas including Newton and Campbelltown in the east and Torrensville, West Lakes and Fulham toward the west have vast Greek and Italian population. The Italian consulate is situated in the eastern suburb of Payneham. Extensive Vietnamese populations are settled in the north-western of Woodville, Pennington and Athol Park. People from India and Sri Lanka have settled into inward regions of Adelaide including the internal northern suburbs of Blair Athol and Enfield."

Some high rise buildings in downtown Adelaide.
We left the train station to follow the map we've been provided when disembarking the ship.  This map highlighted the major points of interest many of which appealed to us as we took photo after photo as we walked along the main downtown road.


The main road wasn't too busy while we walked.
The weather was perfect, only hot when in direct sun.  The city, with busy with traffic moving at a good clip, provided an excellent glimpse of what Adelaide is all about; many free venues for tourists; historical buildings, upscale shops, plenty of dining establishments and of course, its own variety of friendly Australian citizens.

Madame Hanoi restaurant on the boulevard.
Although many passersby had their heads down perusing their phones (typical in most cities these days) we never felt rushed, overcrowded or unsafe in any manner.


Historical old Parliament building on a corner.  The new building is located next door (see photo below).
Since we'd had a late start and the round trip train ride required about two and a half hours including waiting time, we wandered the downtown area for the perfect amount of time allowing us to get the full flavor of the attractive, spotless city. 


Protests in front of the Parliament building.
By 3:45 we were back on the ship with ample time to dress for the evening to meet our friends for Happy Hour in the Diamond Club Lounge by 4:30 to begin the evening's activities.

Once again, we had a lovely evening as we wind down the remaining 11 nights on this cruise.  Was this cruise too long for our liking?  We've heard a few of the under 500 passengers who'd booked the full circumvention mention it was a little long for them. 

Protest signs at the Parliament building in Adelaide,

For us, this cruise will have been our "home" for 33 nights and none of it has ever been boring or tiring when everywhere we travel we find "home is where the heart is."  How can we ever question that premise?

May your day be happy and fulfilling!
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Photo from one year ago today, November 22, 2015:
One year ago, we wrote about the culling of animals in Marloth Park due to lack of rain.  It was heartbreaking to hear of this and we pray for good weather and abundant vegetation for the wildlife as we make plans for the future to return to Marloth Park, South Africa.  For more details, please click here.

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