Katie's Live and Unleashed 05/06 Worldwide Tour travel blog

Glenelg hostel

Glenelg tram and High Street

Sunbathing beach

Beach the other way

From the pier

More sand and clear waters

Glenelg Square

Following a drive of over 5,500Km from Adelaide to Alice Springs and back again over only 12 days I decided I well deserved a rest for a few days on the beach at Adelaide, Glenelg. Glenelg is located 30mins on the tram to the west of the city, and enjoys a long, sandy coastline and beautiful clear waters.

Having met a Canadian girl, Cindy, in the tour booking office, we ended up sharing a room with 2 other Canadians, all of which were great fun, and we hit the beach together. Swimming was beautiful and the hostel extremely friendly - had a very relaxing (although did go running along the beach - took quite some effort!) time.

Adelaide itself was more than a little busy, with beds in hostels all being booked out. I was fortunate to coincide with the Fringe Festival (similar to the Edinburgh Festival with lots of acting over a couple of weeks) and WOMADelaide (World of Music, Art and Dance). Friday night I headed off to the Botanical Gardens to see what WOMAD was all about. WOMADelaide 2006 featured over 300 musicians and artists from Trinidad, India, UK, Canada, Scotland, Jamaica and Australia - performing on 6 open-air stages. The audience could choose which to watch and park their butts on the grass, or as the night heated up - stand and jiggle. Over 65,000 attendees were expected over the course of the weekend event.

I started by watching Sharron Shannon and friends playing Irish folk music. Then Tommee and the Neighborhood (could have been Caribbean!), Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys and La Bottine Souriante from Quebec to name the ones I can remember!

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