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Sunday, 28 July 2002
--> Highgate, Adelaide, South Australia

After having breakfast with George, Wendy and Troy, their neighbour Margaret gladly helped me out with some transport to my next destination. George and Wendy are in the happy position that they donít really need a car!

Short report today!

From the north-eastern suburb of Rostrevor I moved to the suburb called Highgate, south of the Adelaide city centre.

I met up with Wayne and Fiona and their two kids Imogen and Jasper. When I entered their home I was quite surprised to see their two dogs, which were almost the same size as me. If they would walk straight, they could easily walk me over!

I was offered some coffee and soon learned to know the family a bit better as we talked a bit in their living room, while the kids were watching cartoons on the television. The dogs jumped around and were very curious and playful with this strange backpacker in the house.

Wayne is a priest and assist at the nearby Anglican church in Adelaide. After my [url=]stay in the Belgian village Menen with Jurgen[/url], Wayne was my second priest I was staying with during my travels! Fiona is next to a full time mum also a university student.

The weather outside wasnít really making it a good day to get out somewhere, so I was straight away indulged into the in-house family life on this idle Sunday.

Fiona made some delicious and addictive biscuits, while Wayne watched the footy games on TV (of course, it was Sunday!).

With me doing some backlog writing on my laptop in the kitchen, we chatted about my travels and about life in Adelaide and I felt quite at ease with them. They actually let me just update my thingies and really wouldnít mind me being that computer guy for a few daytime hours.

I enjoyed the their forceful dinner and to play around with the Imogen who walked around dressed as a fairy most of the afternoon! She was very curious about the fact that I was from another country and all the way from the other side of the world. And I even spoke another language when I was asked to speak Dutch!

Later in the evening, when it was time to go to my bed (this time a fold-out couch in the living room), I discovered I had to start an argument with the dogs first about who was exactly going to sleep on that bed. They lost and I had a good night sleep, because tomorrow I had to wake up very very early.

Good night Highgate!