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I totally agree with Diane - I think you need to be nearer the city to make the most of what Adelaide has to offer. There is a lot going on, so maybe book a room in a hotel or apartment in the city for the night and go out for a night on the town. The Fringe is on so why not make an effort to go to something. There seems to be loads of musical events on too (get a copy of Rip It Up to see what's on http://www.ripitup.com.au/). I'm long past wanting an exciting nightlife but I understand where you are coming from. Adelaide is certainly dull in comparison to London or Manchester, but being a fellow Essex girl I'm sure Adelaide can offer you at least as good a night out as Dukes in Chelmsford!
One problem is that a lot of people in Adelaide (locals) have led very sheltered lives. Many have never even left the state. Only today I was comparing what I had done by age 16 in comprison to my husband's 16 year old nephew. In England travelling overseas for holidays is fairly commonplace, we've all made the move across the world so in some ways you need to seek out people with a similar sense of adventure. These people do exist, I reckon they all live in the inner Eastern suburbs but my husband's a western suburbs boy and won't move away from the beach! However we can catch the bus from the end of the road and be in the city in 20 minutes.
As for other Australia cities offering a more exciting time - I reckon Melbourne's good for night life. But give Adelaide a go, get nearer the city. A major part of the problem is being new, not feeling part of it, not having a circle of friends or an established social life. All migrants struggle with that and there is no easy solution.
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
Undoubtedly, Adelaide is quieter than other interstate counterparts. However, dull it is not. I believe it is what you make it and what friendships you form. Your apparent lack of friends would without doubt make it difficult for you but then I feel this would be the same no matter how vibrant a place is. Friendships don't form overnight, they take a lot of hard work on both sides and most definitely do not come handed on a plate. Consequently, wherever you decide home is, unless you work hard at obtaining and keeping friendships then home, in my opinion, would always be dull and quite possibly lonely. Good luck with whatever you decide.
Joanne (43), Ged (41) & Bella the cat (8).....and now Brian the dog; the only Aussie in the house. Arrived 8/1/09 from Oldham, Gtr Manchester.
Rented in Findon, SA for 22 months built own house & so now moved to Seaford Meadows. Became citizens 9/12/13. Life doesn't get much better
As I said earlier, its where you live.
We have rules in our area, men and women have to be clean shaven when leaving the house. Shoes must be worn when in shops. Supermarkets also have BO detectors.
I was shocked when I found these things weren't in existence round your way.
I agree friends are quite important but we do have a good selection of varied friends, some very close who we see regularly. But having said that its not just down to being with friends and socialising, drinking every weekend etc, we have our older kids to consider too and when you have a large family money isnt always readily available to socialise all the time. Friends we have all feel the same as us and are the same kind of mates we had back home and we all have kids and busy lives and all understand that if we dont see each other for a week or so we can always pick up and theres no animosity there... a mutual understanding that life is busy, wherever you live.