SLOW-Travel: Adelaide, along the Torrens river
Good morning from Adelaide.
I’m here for one of my likely last stays at the Intercontinental Adelaide before it goes into a multi-million dollar makeover in September 2021. The hotel has been seriously losing ground against new competitors like the Indigo Adelaide Markets, the EOS at Skycity (full reviews are in the works) the Mayfair and the new Sofitel to be opened later this year.
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I spent this wintery morning jogging around the Torrens River to the western edge of the city, listening to the NPR podcast ‘Invisibilia’. The episode was about slow TV in Norway, which comes as a bit of a revelation to USA viewers. America being the home of fast TV, so that isn’t much of a surprise.
Anyway, as I was jogging, which is to say walking a bit, and then jogging a bit. I thought about the idea of ‘slow travel’, given that some of the examples outlined in the program were a cruise along the Norwegian fjord ridden coastline, and a rail trip from the bottom to the top of the long thin country – going through Tromso, which I have actually visited to see the Northern Lights.
The Torrens River
In the peaceful morning, I was surprised by how beautiful some of the Torrens was despite the cold, other joggers, cyclists, people on their mobile phones on loudspeaker (you guys know who you are!), and all, almost in the centre of the City of Adelaide. So I started taking some images. I would have looked too much of a dork filming with my mobile, which would have also defeated my purpose of getting a little exercise and calming my mind.
Anyway – the images in this post are of that slow journey.
Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.
I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.
Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.
Sometimes it is easy to concentrate on getting to the destination efficiently, rather than just enjoying the journey.
After all, isn’t that why we strive for the comfort of airport lounges and cabin upgrades and great hotels through being smart with points and status credits and good airline and hotel deals?
Note to self: Remember to enjoy the journey.