Today my plans were fairly simple – go visit some of Adelaide’s famous parks in the morning, and in the evening head into town to meet up with a couch surfer who had intended to host me but hadn’t been able to. The afternoon was free for me to do whatever might crop up.
I’d accidentally made my way down to the parklands yesterday, so it was a piece of cake to track them down this time. There are dozens of parks in Adelaide, and the South Terrace hosts a long green line filled with parks. However, I was looking for one in particular. It took several risky road crossings and a couple of wrong turns, but eventually I found what I was looking for – Himeji Gardens.
Adelaide is twinned with the Japanese city, and built this garden to commemorate it. Inside hosts a large pond, Japanese plants, and several items that have value in Japanese society, such as a stone lamp and distance marker. The far right hand corner also hosted a tea house with a rock garden for you to sit and relax in.
It’s a small but pretty little garden, and I was happy to have finally seen it when left. I considered checking out some more parks, but by this point the sun was getting high and I figured getting out of it was more important. One quick stop in Rundle Mall, and I decided to head back.
Originally I was considering going swimming, but instead I walked around the neighbourhood a few times, packed my bags in preparation for Saturday, and tried to get my blog up to date (Tuesday hadn’t quite cleared the backlog). Amar also had to work late, so I even had to leave before he got back.
I was meeting a guy called Kev in a bar in Adelaide, along with a few of his friends. His housing situation had changed from when I first contacted him, but he’d been happy to arrange a meet up. Due to the times of trains, I could only stay an hour, but it was just enough to socialise. We have a few things in common – including a love of anime, so it was great to sit back and talk about that for a while. It’s not something I get to do a lot these days – especially since I’ll be missing Supanova this weekend.
Sadly, had to leave to catch my train, but hopefully I’ll be able to come back to Adelaide and meet him again.