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Sunday, April 25, 2004
R&R in Hobart
Breakfast was part of the price for the bed at the Pickled Frog – cornflakes and toast.
I wandered outside for a while and found that Hobart was deserted. Nothing was open, and no-one was around. OK, I thought, I'll go back to the hostel for a bit, it must be just because it is before 9am. Banjo's bakery was about the only thing I could find that was open and I got some bread there. A little while later, I went out again. Still nothing was open, virtually no-one around.
I headed for Salamanca Place, but on the way, I passed the RSL, and there was quite a lot of people milling around there, and heading for the CBD, since it was ANZAC day.
I followed the crowds, and soon found there was a fairly big parade assembling near the town hall.
After about 15 minutes the parade started, leading off with the few remaining first world war veterans in old army jeeps. Then came many ranks of veterans, banner bearing school children, cadets, and a few marching bands.
I went down to Salamanca Place, and found that there were some shops open, since Salamanca gets a lot of tourist trade. I went to the Wilderness Society Shop, there and bought a copy of Bob Brown's latest book "Memo for a Saner World" (Recommended by Gaye). I then used the internet and spent some time reading my book. At 2:30 I went over to the cinemas as I had looked in earlier and wanted to see "50 first dates". It was funny and cute.
Wandering back to Salamanca again, it was quite cold, I was wandering, looking for somewhere warm to hang out when I saw some people playing live music at Irish Murphies pub.
I went inside and listened to them for a while – I'm not sure if they were a group, or just individuals, since usually one person would start a song, then the others would pick up on it after a while, and it seemed as though they were improvising. The music was all Irish of course, with guitar, fiddle, Irish pipes, tin whistle, Irish drum, washboard, and an instrument like a lute.
I had a pint while I was listening. Beer in Tasmania comes in pint or 10 ounce glasses. Boags and Cascade are the usual beers on tap.
After a while the music became a bit monotonous, as it all had the Irish sound, and a similar tempo. After reading a while again, I went to Sal's for dinner and had a very delicious woodfired pizza, while listening to a mellow instrumental live guitarist.