All Under The Place – 4 Oct, Adelaide, Australia
Got up at quarter past five this morning, and gazed longingly at my bed as I left my hotel room, thinking only of how much I was looking forward to being back in it later that night. We had a big day ahead of us.
Drove down to Port Adelaide and met Captain Boac, who took us out round the port to look at shipwrecks. There are a reasonably impressive number of them, as ships were sometimes scuttled when it wasn’t financially viable for their owners to sail them back to their country of origin. The remains of large iron and wooden ships jut up out of the water or sit quietly decaying on the beach, and we even got to board one of the shipwrecks, which is now full of sand, and have a walk around inside it.
At a couple of points during filming some curious dolphins came to check us out, swimming right up to our boat and having a good look at us from the surface. I’d never seen them that close up in the wild and I think they’ve gone straight to the top of my list of favourite animals. If they were people, they look like the kind of people you’d want to hang out with at a party.
Once we were back on dry land we headed for the AAMI Stadium, home of Adelaide and Port Adelaide Aussie Rules Football teams (most teams out here share stadiums. Which, when you think about it, is a great idea. Why don’t we do that more in the UK?). Aussie Rules Football is a cross between football and rugby, played on a huge oval shaped pitch, and is one of the most exhausting team sports in the world. Luckily we were only there to learn how to be umpires – although the pitch is so big even the umpires run an average of 12km a game! Just managed to get all our filming done before the sun set behind the stadium. I lost the Aussie Rules quiz at the end and had to finish the item dressed as a crow in their official mascot costume. It smelt strongly of sweaty men.