How did I come about blogging about Adelaide, Australia?

6 Feb

Hi! I’m Ottilie. A regular 22-year old, originally from York, UK.  I’m now living in London (where I recently graduated from King’s College) and study Psychology at Middlesex University.  I enjoy singing, socialising and pre-cooked pasta. Oh, and I’ve won a trip to Adelaide, South Australia, which is why you’re now reading these lines.

I bet you’re thinking ‘lucky girl, winning a free trip to Australia’; but trust me, it didn’t come easy.  I paid a high price. My pride. My dignity. Re-living some of the most nightmarish moments of my life so far…

To enter the ‘Get me to Adelaide’ competition that ran on Facebook last year (www.facebook.com/GetMeToAdelaideI had to post an embarrassing parents’ story describing a moment in my life when I wanted to get away from them.  A long way away to a place like Australia? As painful as it was, I started typing:

 ‘My Mum decided to take up rollerblading (in her forties), but unfortunately, our garden wasn’t big enough to practice in. So she turned up at my school in the middle of the day and was attempting to skate around the playground, which the school looked over. Everyone at school ended up watching her from the windows, I was absolutely mortified when somebody realised and announced it was my Mum. To make matters worse the head teacher had to run out and ask her to leave.’ 

Anyway, it was all worthwhile in the end. Here I am, getting ready and all excited about my adventure in Adelaide, Australia.

To be honest, until a couple of months ago I didn’t even know where Adelaide was. I’m told it’s in South Australia. I imagine a thick line across the middle of the continent and ‘South Australia’ being everything below the line Right? Wrong actually.  South Australia is one of Australia’s six states and two territories, founded by Colonel William Light in 1836. The population of the State is some 1.6 million people, of which 1.3 million live in the capital city, Adelaide. I’m told Adelaide is one of the best planned metropolises in the world. Big statement; it might just be time to put it to the test. But we’ll get to that later.

 My purpose as an Adelaide-discoverer, you ask? Well, I’ll be the eyes and ears of those who want to find out more about the lifestyle and opportunities on offer for students in Adelaide. Everything from study opportunities, budget travel, getting close and personal with amazing wildlife and enjoying the city and incredible calendar of festivals (FUN! FUN! FUN!).

I will be visiting all the university campuses and talking to students about their Adelaide experience. There will also be a lot of travelling involved, discovering what’s on offer within a 100km radius from Adelaide CBD: wildlife, beaches, vineyards, history (and the occasional Aussie Rules Football game).

I’m not going to pretend I’m an experienced travel blogger.  I’m not.  But I’d love to share my journey with you. So if you’re keen to have a laugh then follow my blog.

The journey starts here.

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10 Responses to “How did I come about blogging about Adelaide, Australia?”

  1. Kimberley Larsen February 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Hello ottilie! Kimberley from Education Adelaide (representing StudyAdelaide). Looking forward to meeting and welcoming you to Adelaide very shortly! You will love it for sure, see you in a jiffy! (soon).

    • getmetoadelaide February 7, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Hey Kimberley! Look forward to the catch up, see you in a jiffy indeed 🙂

  2. Dave Jobling February 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Nice one, glad to see you have shifted into the next gear as it were – have a great #Adelaide adventure; all the best,
    David

    • getmetoadelaide February 7, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      Thanks Dave, glad you like the post. Stay tuned for more 🙂

  3. Rachel Southwood February 14, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    You are coming to Adelaide at the best time of year!

    • getmetoadelaide February 14, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Thanks Rachel, I’m so excited, cannot wait to experience ‘Radelaide’! Have you got any recommendations for me, except for what already is in the itinerary? Any insider tips? 🙂

      • Rachel Southwood February 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

        Well I’m helping out with this worlds biggest pub crawl thing, http://www.worldsbiggestpubcrawl.com.au . That should be pretty awesome!
        But other than that, there’s so much to do. What do you like? I recommend trying lots of pubs, the botanic gardens are really nice. The central markets are really good and around that area for Chinatown, Ying Chow is my absolute favourite restaurant!

        But the fringe! go see just every show that you can, there are some cheap ones, some free ones. Also all the clubs get slightly cooler, just check out cool looking posters, they are usually a safe bet.

      • getmetoadelaide February 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

        Wow, what a great list, thanks mate! I’ve read somewhere that the World’s Biggest Pub Crawl doesn’t start until 2 March, is that right? I depart Adelaide the following day and wouldn’t want to spend 24 hours on the plane with a hangover 🙂

      • Rachel Southwood February 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

        Oh it starts on the 24th of February and goes for 3 weeks. How long are you here for?

      • getmetoadelaide February 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

        20 Feb to 3 March. Two wonderful weeks full of fun, fun, fun! 🙂

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