Vertical to Horizontal in 0.5 seconds: House Sitting In Port Adelaide
If anyone’s ever seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ll know that a death drop is when a queen pretty much goes from standing to being flat on the ground within seconds. It’s pretty awe-inspiring to see for the first time. Definitely memorable.
That’s how we felt when we first witnessed Nikki the kelpie go from standing upright to being flat on her side within a blink. There was a big doggie smile, a slight serious flash over her face and then THUNK, a microsecond later she was on her side on the floorboards, tail wagging and smile squarely back in place. At first we were alarmed. We were house-sitting and Nikki and her three kitty conspirators had been entrusted to us by their human who was hiking along South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula for the weekend. We’d been told Nikki had arthritis, we just hadn’t realised that this would mean theatrical THUNKS every time she decided to have a snooze or get her tummy rubbed. After the second time it happened, we were in on it and obliging with the belly scratches while the cats watched on with varying degrees of interest.
We’d taken this house-sitting assignment because even after seven months in South Australia, we’d yet to explore Port Adelaide. Knowing that we were heading overseas in a matter of weeks, we’d decided to jump on the chance, only to find the place a pleasant surprise and a bit of a time warp to the nineties in that the shops and everything still had the sleepiness of decades ago.
Our favourite thing was definitely the graffiti, which is truly spectacular and is all over the city. There are huge murals as you come into the city along with every free wall covered with a mural of some kind. It was such an unexpected surprise and we spent an hour lazily wandering around discovering as much of it as we could.
The other fantastic thing was La Popular Taqueria. We walked in and managed to eat our way through the menu. The food was exceptional, fresh and the guys running it were super nice. We’d definitely recommend and it earned at least five satisfied belly rubs out of five.
We were only there two nights but by the time we’d left, Nikki’s little THUMPS on the ground were old hat.