The joys of shopping....

Adelaide Travel Blog

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Up reasonably early this morning as we are off into Adelaide. We called in to Sheilas work on the way to drop some stuff off. We alwasy seem to drive for ages here -miles and miles of long straight roads - the distances (and the austrlalian acceptance of those distances) never cease to amaze me. I'm not sure I could ever get used to the sheer size of this place.

Houses here all seem to be built in very individual styles , set out in plots alongsongside the roads. Occasionally there is a gap with a vacant plot -for sale -always surrounded by the inevitable cladding fence.

The lorries (or trucks as Sheila points out to me) are huge - long wheelbase types with long bonnets similar to those you see in the US (like the one that tried to kill the driver in 'Duel'). Not only are the trucks huge, they also tow even bigger trailers.

We eventually make it into the sity and find a multi storey car park, and go though a big department store (David Jones) to get to the shopping areas. There is a story on the TV news about some lass sueing a big wig from the David Jones store for sexual harassment. The store contains dress priced at over $1000 - obscene - $50 worth of material and $950 for some idiot designers ego...

Big plus for me in the city is that there is free wifi around so i can update my iphone for free, and have a sit down whilst les and Sheila try to visit every joolers and shoe shop in the city. Trouble is, as soon as i get settled and get a signal they move on. AND i get grief from les for being anti social....I mean hello? whos burying themselves in shopping heaven here whilst i just quietly tag along? Is that too much to ask?

Have reached conclusion that Les and Sheilas ideal shop would sell shoes adorned with various items of jewellery...a jeshoellery shop...the girls finally find rings that they buy with their birthday money -Sheilas has a huge stone -Les was more subtle and sparkly - photos to follow...

Spend some time in the vodaphone shop where they are giving demonstrations of how not to give Sheila good customer service - her wifi dongle was stolen last week (Joe was borrowing it at his new place) and the thieves have downloaded $250 worth of stuff. Sheila is trying to cancel the contract but Vodaphone seem unable even to perform this simple act...after half an hour we leave, Sheila not very impressed and talking of complaining to the ombudsman...

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photo by: shirlan