So, our second day in Adelaide was a second day of perfect blue skies and mid-20s warmth beaming down on our backs.
We started the morning by winding our way South to Adelaide Central Market (known as the ‘food pantry of Adelaide’), the largest fresh produce market in the Southern hemisphere – turns out everything really is just 20 minutes’ walk away!
Here we met Mark Gleeson, whose run his Providore stall at the heart of the market for 21 years.
It being Shrove Tuesday, we started with a delicious pancake smothered in fruit, chocolate and cream from Mark’s own stall. He gave us a brief history of the market – 135 years old(!) – as we devoured our festive goods before we set off for a walk around the market. It has over 80 stalls under one roof (from meat to seafood to fruit&veg to cheeses to bakery products).
The food is amazing!
We tried kangaroo salami, local cheese from the Adelaide Hills, Yabbies (shellfish), coffee chocolate, yoghurt and loads of local fruit. A bit like Borough Market, there are freebies all over the place and the stall holders are super friendly and passionate about their produce.
Plus there’s a great sense of community amongst the stall holders, something that doesn’t seem to be unusual inAdelaide, with the locals often giving each other a knowing nod or smile.
After a second run of all the stalls to stock up our fridge, we were on our way to UniSA – The University of South Australia – the biggest out of the three South Australian universities.
Sabine from the International Office welcomed us to the campus, and gave us a whistle stop tour of the impressive facilities. As the campus offers many arts, architecture and creative design courses, the uni has a lot of art spaces for either professional artists or students to display their work.
We then met with two students from the UK, Katie from South Wales and Peter from Belfast, who study at UniSA as international students. They actually had pretty similar stories – came to Adelaide temporarily on their travels but fell in love with the weather, the lifestyle and the people and decided to stay. Check out the videos on YouTube to see their impression of student life inAdelaide!
Later we heard the same story from Peter Hall, Program Director at UniSA’s Schoolof Commerce. Peter, originally from the UK, was a real laugh and was really helpful in helping us understand how university in Australiawas different to in the UK (watch his comparison on our YouTube channel).
Finally were shown around Medical and Nursing facilities at the CityEast campus, just a ten minute walk or free tram ride up the road. The facilities were really impressive – placing an emphasis on experiential learning, they’ve built a mock hospital at the Uni for students to practice in environments in which they’d be working a couple years down the line – as a result, UniSA have great employment outcomes – so important in the current economic climate.
To finish the day off on a more cultural note we headed down to the eastern side of the city to the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
I know it sounds really dodge, but the Garden is actually the hub of Adelaide Fringe festival – the Aussie equivalent of Edinburgh which literally takes over the entire city every February-March (over 800 events).
Like an old-school vaudeville fairground, the place was packed with punters queuing for shows, rides and beers. After soaking up a bit of the atmosphere with a Coopers Sparkling Ale, we headed to our show.
And how was the show? I’m afraid you’ll have to wait and see… :)