We rarely notice the TV while we're travelling but today I joined other hostel dwellers to watch the news as a massive earthquake has hit Japan causing a deadly tsunami in its wake.We know very little about the situation but now there is a third disaster on the horizon which is what has caught the major attention of the world. One of Japan's nuclear plants has been heavily damaged and is ready to go into melt down. Its scary stuff but right now this isn't going to affect of travel plans but we hope to keen up to date on the story if we can.
The last stretch of our road trip and our last day with Kiwi. It's only a short drive to Adelaide but we want to get our stuff to the hostel and have plenty of time to get lost driving in the city before returning the car by two o'clock.
Luckily I had picked up an Adelaide street map somewhere along the way so we had a guide to where we were going. It didn't happen to mention that to turn into the city we would need to navigate an 8 lane highway. We of course find ourselves in the outermost lane and so must cross all 8, but we succeed in finding the hostel and the Avis return centre, though the latter was tricker since they hid the car park up a tiny alleyway.
Our hostel is quite nice. We're just staying in dorms to save a bit of money but it's only a four bed with one other couple who are only there the first two nights. It also has a free pancake breakfast every morning which is awesome and randomly free apple pie at 8 every night. Free stuff is always good so im happy.
Tuesday we went to the old Lion factory which is now the JamFactory Contemporary Arts and Design Gallery. This was the most rubbish art gallery I have ever seen. The outside made me smile but inside was a very small gallery containing some crappy pieces of jewellery. Perhaps we missed something but there seemed to be nowhere else to go. So that was a bit of a waste of time. From here we headed to the Migration Museum which was much better even if they do get "English" and "British" confused and implied that the Highland Clearances were fictitious. We got a good insight into how rasict Australian laws were up until around the 80s and it was a nice little interactive museum and it was donation entry was is always better than $16 admission fees.