Food, Running

Chocolate As Running Motivation

Like the Ninja Turtle, some of you runners may have come across the article titled Would Chocolate Motivate You To Run? published a few days ago on Runnersworld online.

Now, unless you have an allergy to chocolate (in which case, our deepest sympathies), it’s probably fair to say that you, like the Ninja Turtle, are raising an eyebrow, wondering “Is rain wet? Is the surface of the sun hot? Is there anything one will NOT do for chocolate?”

Most importantly, has science really run out of important questions to ask, problems to solve, or creative expressions to… express, that they’ve resorted to asking self-evident questions like that? News flash: most runners are indiscriminate garbage disposal units, especially after a long run – anything that is not nailed down onto the table will likely find its way into our mouths. So asking if chocolate, just about the world’s favouritest food, would motivate people to run is inane, and conducting a scientific study on that is bad science because hello? Confirmation bias.

OK, now the Ninja Turtle’s vented on the premise of the study, she’s actually pretty excited about the study’s actual details. The participants of this RMIT University study weren’t just receiving plain old boring chocolate. No, the chocolate was to be 3D printed into fun shapes or names. Just look at that!

Better yet, according to the researcher himself, ““the more they exercise, the better the quality of chocolate will be printed out which they get to enjoy as a reflective reward of their physical activity’’.

Holy sh*t! Now the Ninja Turtle wants to know where she can sign up to be a test subject for studies like this. Getting 3D printed chocolate smileys for racking up the miles is cool enough for the Ninja Turtle to ignore the researcher’s almost-insulting question of whether using food as an incentive will encourage people to do more physical exercise (what the heck are we? lab rats?)

OK so fine, the Ninja Turtle thinks this is a pretty damn cool study, if only because 3D printed chocolates are involved, and she has only one modification to suggest: screw the quality and correlate the quantity of chocolate dispensed to the physical effort. It’s a scientific fact that runners fantasize about post-run meals while running, and the longer the run, the bigger, tastier and more elaborate the fantisized meal must be. Also, whoever heard of eating only 30g of chocolate? That’s just cruel.

Now, the Ninja Turtle is off to reward herself for this morning’s 10-miler with a nice block of Belgian chocolate she bought in Bruges last month.

To read the University’s press release on this research, click here.

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Food, Travel

Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets

While looking for new food adventures, the Ninja Turtle came across the Night Noodle Markets – a food festival that runs till 30 November. After a huge success in 2013, the Night Noodle Markets are back to celebrate Good Food Month 2014.

The venue: Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra River

The venue: Birrarung Marr, by the Yarra River

Street food with an Asian focus, with food, drinks, music and entertainment. It’s picnicing with style!

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With 50 stalls spread out over 3 levels, diners need a map to navigate the scene

With 50 stalls spread out over 3 levels, diners need a map to navigate the scene

Why noodles? Who knows… the place certainly offers up plenty to choose from, with cuisines from China, India, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and even Burma and Nepal.

All the usual favourites on offer...

All the usual favourites on offer…

But also introductions to some crazier, more imaginative concoctions...

But also introductions to some crazier, more imaginative concoctions…

So many fond memories of childhood for the Ninja Turtle...

So much food to choose from, so little stomach space…

Plus oh! Desserts!

Plus oh! Desserts!

The queues do get overwhelmingly long, especially for the more popular stalls. Favourite dishes also sell out fast. It is best to show up with a game plan.

The Ninja Turtle’s Guide to Maximising Your Night Noodle Market Experience

#1: Jump on this website: https://map.nightnoodlevip.com/ This is an interactive map of the food stalls, with their respective dishes on offer and the prices listed.

#2: Fix a date with a bunch of friends (avoid the Friday night if possible unless you wish to test your will to live). There is strength in numbers, and you are going to need it.

#3: Show up! The place is massive and the crowds will swarm like a hive being poked, so it helps to pick a distinctive landmark for your rendez-vous. Here’s a recommendation:

Can’t miss the Cookie Monster with a bagpipe. Even if you don’t see him, you’ll hear him. Best of all, he is ALWAYS there, doing his thing. Please remember to take a photo with this chap, and drop a coin in appreciation.

#4: If you haven’t already designed your MO, quick do it now. Know which stalls you need to hit, and the quantities of food to be ordered. One man, one stall, it’s only fair. Fix a meeting point, and wait until everyone comes back. Leave no man behind.

#5: Find a spot to sit. Some teams may wish to assign a person to do this while everyone else queues for food. We say: pffffft. What are you, scared of grass? Unless it’s raining, or you’re eating a really fussy dish that contains soup, tables and chairs at a picnic are strictly optional.

Japanese oden - soup with root vegetables and a boiled egg. Table highly recommended while consuming this dish.

Japanese oden – soup with root vegetables and a boiled egg. Table highly recommended while consuming this dish.

Vietnamese Goi Ga and Goi Tofu - salad with chicken or tofu and lots of chilli sauce. Best enjoyed with chopsticks, sitting cross-legged on the grass.

Vietnamese Goi Ga and Goi Tofu – salad with chicken or tofu and lots of chilli sauce. Best enjoyed with chopsticks, sitting cross-legged on the grass.

The Night Noodle Markets were such an adventure, the Ninja Turtle went not once, not twice, but three times! Embarrassed but not ashamed. There’s just so much to explore and try and share with friends who love food as much as she does.

Friends who feast together...

Friends who feast together…

Readers of this blog may remember Ducky and the Naked Mole Rat from last year. Yes, the gang is back together again!

Readers of this blog may remember Ducky and the Naked Mole Rat from last year. Yes, the gang is back together again!

The Nina Turtle recommends:

1. Grilled octopus tentacles with hot and spicy seasoning (Grilled Calamari)

2. Crispy chicken with kewpie mayonnaise (Izakaya Den)

3. Lentil Poppers (Overdosa)

The Ninja Turtle wished she could have tried:

1. Chilli caramel pork doughnuts (Fred Loves Korean)

2. Happy Taste Bud Time and Phuc Khing Tasty (Gelato Messina)

On that note, seriously… surely not?! Guys, this is a family-friendly event! How could you make little children say such things when making an order of ice-based confectionery dessert? This is going to stick with them for life…

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Eating and Drinking Melbourne

If this blog has lapsed into silence, it’s because the Ninja Turtle has had her mouth too full to speak for the last several days. Not impossible, considering just how many dining options Melbourne offers up. No, don’t even try. It’ll only hurt your head. The city centre itself has something like two orders of magnitude more choices than pokey old Metz. For old times’ sake, the Ninja Turtle and Baby Turtle revert to a sort of family tradition, established by Mother Turtle.

Coffin bay oysters and a punnet of strawberries, messily eaten on a bench outside the market halls, listening to buskers do their thing...

Coffin bay oysters and a punnet of strawberries, messily eaten on a bench outside the market halls, listening to buskers do their thing…

So, you might be wondering: come on, oysters? Surely they can be found in France? Sure, but not this large and juicy, and certainly not at $1 a piece. For $1 oysters alone, the Ninja Turtle is willing to move back to Australia. Strolling through the markets is also like watching a theatre performance in the poor man’s arena – the vendors yell, the crowds crush you, but oh! the sights!

These lads have landed themselves the catch of the day.

These lads have landed themselves the catch of the day.

Melbourne city itself is brimming with cafes, restaurants, pubs, snack stands, etc… Once you throw in place like Brunswick, Lygon St, and the works, you’ll need to give yourself a year to taste Melbourne.

Baby Turtle taking Sorkie the cat out for the day. Here, the gang found themselves in Brunswick for lunch.

Baby Turtle taking Sorkie the cat out for the day. Here, the gang found themselves at Vegie Bar in Brunswick for lunch.

It's so hard to choose! They all sound incredibly delicious. If only there were more awesome vegetarian restaurants like this in France...

It’s so hard to choose! They all sound incredibly delicious. If only there were more awesome vegetarian restaurants like this in France…

Raw living stack, loaded with goodies like marinated mushroom, cashew ricotta, kale chips... it'd be impossible to name them all without drooling on the keyboard.

Raw living stack, loaded with goodies like marinated mushroom, cashew ricotta, kale chips… it’d be impossible to name them all without drooling on the keyboard.

One from the specials menu, with sourdough, grilled asparagus and pumpkin, haloumi... who says vegetarians don't eat well?

One from the specials menu, with sourdough, grilled asparagus and pumpkin, haloumi… who says vegetarians don’t eat well?

Then, there’s this new fascinating, delightful, horrendous thing known as the “pop-ups”. They’re temporary cafes, bars or food fests that pop up, serve food and drinks for x number of hours/days/weeks, and then *poof*, they vanish back into the ether, or wherever gastronomy heaven may be. It is now quite literally, inconceivable and impossible to list dining venues in Melbourne because they are as perishable as the products they serve.

The bad news about these pop-ups, of course, is that you quite literally have to jump at the chance to dine, without really thinking twice. You can’t say “oh that looks good, I’ll come back for my birthday” because it won’t be there anymore on your birthday. The good news is… well, if it’s really shit, well, they won’t last that long anyway.

Project Botanicals Pop-Up Bar, by Bombay Sapphire, running till 6th Dec 2014

Project Botanicals Pop-Up Bar, by Bombay Sapphire, running till 6th Dec 2014

Gin fans, rejoice!

Gin fans, rejoice!

It's currently happening in North Melbourne, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

It’s currently happening in North Melbourne, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

A menu that offers cocktail and tapas pairings, designed to complement each other - tickets entitle diners to a choice of two drinks and two tapas from ten sets. Still hungry? Additional drinks and tapas can be purchased.

A menu that offers cocktail and tapas pairings, designed to complement each other – tickets entitle diners to a choice of two drinks and two tapas from ten sets. Still hungry? Additional drinks and tapas can be purchased.

Baby Turtle with her gin and tonic!

Baby Turtle with her gin and tonic!

Liquorice grilled quail, raisins, apricots, quinoa, sweet pickles and spearmint

Liquorice grilled quail, raisins, apricots, quinoa, sweet pickles and spearmint

Sticky braised pork ribs, pickled red cabbage, blackberry and cassia

Sticky braised pork ribs, pickled red cabbage, blackberry and cassia

Is the pop-up bar, cafe or restaurant trend a phenomenon in your city/town?

Which city in the world is your dining mecca?

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Horsing Around in the Mornington Peninsula

Leaving Adelaide is always hard for the Ninja Turtle, but this time, she had something even more amazing to look forward to: Melbourne! Some readers of this blog will know that about a year ago, Baby Turtle graduated from her vet studies at University – happily, a year on, she is now gainfully employed in a vet practice, where she regularly saves the lives of our furry friends. Go, Baby Turtle!

Of course, seeing how there’s a whole lot of catching up to do between sisters, she’s taken a few days off work, for the two of them to just hang around and chill.

Baby Turtle also organised for a surprise treat for the Ninja Turtle – a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula, where they were to combine the two greatest loves of Baby Turtle (horses) and the Ninja Turtle (wine).

In fact, a year ago, they had already visited Horseback Winery Tours and done this experience once. What a surprise it was, then, for the Ninja Turtle to see how much they have grown and developed in the last 12 months! After a hefty investment, this family-owned business is now a world-class facility with its indoor and outdoor arenas, and the only trail riding business in Victoria to be accredited by Horse Safety Australia. They have also scored some hard-earned recognition from the state Tourism Awards and TripAdvisor.

It’s not ONLY about the horses and the wines however; they are proactively environmentally-conscious, and their upgrades also feature some pretty astounding progress – with all those solar panels, the site runs on 100% solar generated power. They also collect and use their rain water. And where you have horses, you have, well… horse dung. Cleverly, this manure is put to extremely good use, fertilising a local fruit and vegetable farm: 2Macs.

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The tour commenced with the staff introducing you to your horse, teaching you the basics like how to mount and steer. Safety is paramount, and constantly emphasised. The staff, who are experienced riders, also double as very knowledgeable tour guides.

And it's off to the vineyards!

Once everyone is comfortable being on their horses, it’s off to the vineyards!

Baby Turtle started riding at age 14 - she's a real expert.

Baby Turtle started riding at age 14 – she’s a real expert.

The tour selected included visits to T’Gallant and Mantons Creek wineries. It finished back at Horseback Winery Tours for a third tasting by Frog Hollow Estate. Frog Hollow Estate is a family-owned vineyard; their wines are single-sourced (the grapes that go into the wine come from one single vineyard), and boasts the characteristics of a good Australian wine – bold fruity aromas and flavours, palate-pleasing and very drinkable.

For the first time, the Ninja Turtle could not decide which she preferred more, the red or the white.

For the first time, the Ninja Turtle could not decide which she preferred more, the red or the white.

All that riding worked up an appetite, which was just as well since Baby Turtle had booked them in for a lunch back at T’Gallant.

 

Blue skies, warm winds, sweet Australian wine, and the company of one's sister... life is complete.

Blue skies, warm winds, sweet Australian wine, and the company of one’s sister… life is complete.

Tantalised by the images? Jump on: www.horsebackwinerytours.com.au. We promise, it’ll be an experience of a lifetime.

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The Spirit of Australia

Another day, another adventure into the heart of Australia. This time, the Ninja Turtle took a trip along the Murray River.

Australia's longest river commencing in the Australian Alps, traversing three states - NSW, VIC and SA.

Pelicans on the Murray River

The Murray is Australia’s longest river, commencing in the Australian Alps and traversing three states – NSW, VIC and SA before reaching Lake Alexandrina, where it empties into the Indian Ocean. The first explorer who traversed the Murray was the celebrated Captain Charles Sturt.  The significance of the Murray cannot be understated – it is a water source exploited for livestock and agriculture, a popular destination tourism and recreation, and of course, a natural habitat for native wildlife.

On the way down south, the route took them through Jervois. Many early settlers sought valuable land along the Murray for agriculture and animal husbandry – the history of cattle farming in Jervois goes back a couple of hundred years. Only a few years ago, this whole stretch of flatland were emerald green pastures, irrigated with water from the Murray and dotted with dairy cows.

Looking something like that.

Looking something like that.

Sadly, South Australia suffered a drought in 2008/2009, which saw the government pressuring the dairy farmers into selling back their water rights. Today, little remains of what used to be a thriving dairy industry, and much has turned into scorched and unproductive land.

Vast stretches of dry emptiness.

Vast stretches of dry emptiness.

Milk from the few surviving dairy producers go into making cheese...

Milk from the few surviving dairy producers go into making cheese…

Specifically, mozzarella

Specifically, mozzarella!

Next, they took a ferry across the Narrows at Narrung – a choppy opening between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert, to reach Raukkan.

Along the way, they passed many of these dried out salt lakes with a thick white crust of salt. Yes, Australia is very dry.

Along the way, they passed many of these dried out salt lakes with a thick white crust of salt. Yes, Australia is very dry.

To get an idea of just how big Lake Alexandrina really is, here's proof. The lighthouse in this photo is the lighthouse for the lake, one of its kind in Australia.

To get an idea of just how big Lake Alexandrina really is, here’s proof. The lighthouse in this photo is the lighthouse for the lake, one of its kind in Australia.

Raukkan is a small Aboriginal community

Raukkan is a small friendly Aboriginal community

It is one of the very few around where visitors do not need a special pass/permit to enter

It is one of the very few around where visitors do not need a special pass/permit to enter.

Some of the architecture around are the original buildings constructed back in the 1800s during the settlement. They are built with limestone from the area.

Some of the architecture around are the original buildings constructed back in the 1800s during the settlement. They are built with limestone from the area.

Raukkan is also the birthplace of David Unaipon (he worked as a sheep shearer in that very shed).

Raukkan is also the birthplace of David Unaipon (he worked as a sheep shearer in that very shed).

David Who? you say… Well, you may better know him as this man:

Unaipon, who has been called "the black Leonardo", is an indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people

Unaipon, who has been called “the black Leonardo”, is an indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people.

Some quick facts about David Unaipon:

– He was a  writer, inventor, public speaker
– He created a basic design for the helicopter about 2 decades before the first one was invented
– He served as an advocate for indigenous welfare
– He wrote poetry and stories that were published in books, but was never credited (he could also quote Milton)
– Of course, despite all his achievements, success was denied him due to overt and pervasive racism
Here is a timeline on David Unaipon’s achievements. Here is an excellent write-up by Kidman on the life of David Unaipon.
For all their "otherness" society treats the Aborigines with, they are no different from the rest of us.

For all their “otherness” society treats the Aborigines with, they are no different from the rest of us.

They live, they love, and they die... as we all do.

They live, they love, and they die… as we all do.

Acknowledging the traditional landowners is an important step to reconciliation for past wrongs, and it is with the hope of reaching a better mutual understanding, that Australia shall truly be able to progress.

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Bushwalking, Australian-style

Australia. Large, isolated, arid. We get a sense of this just by looking at postcard images or watching television programmes featuring outback travel. Yet, there are other ways to experience just how wild, how different Australia can truly be. In the company of a very knowledgeable friend, who majored in and is quite the expert in geography, the Ninja Turtle went on a walk and learnt a little bit more about Australia through its flora.

A walk through the Warriparinga nature reserve.

A walk through the Warriparinga nature reserve.

The name means "windy place by the river".

The name means “windy place by the river”.

Warriparinga is a ceremonial meeting place for the Kaurna people of South Australia.

Warriparinga is a ceremonial meeting place for the Kaurna people of South Australia.

The site is also home to native plants and animals.

The site is also home to native plants and animals.

Upon entering the Cultural Centre, they were greeted by the sight of artists, working on contemporary aboriginal art.

Upon entering the Cultural Centre, they were greeted by the sight of artists, working on contemporary aboriginal art.

After a brief chat and observation of the dyeing techniques, it was onwards through to the wetlands, where the real adventure began.

This is a nesting box for birds and possums. They are usually oriented in a direction facing away from the winds. In Australia, people can buy these and install them in their own backyards to invite the birds to their gardens.

This is a nesting box for birds and possums. They are usually oriented west, facing away from the winds. In Australia, people can buy these and install them in their own backyards to invite the birds to their gardens.

See those reeds? These are called bullrushes, and the Aborigines traditionally used them as cables in raft-building to bind up the wood. They also ate the roots of this plant.

See those reeds? These are called bullrushes, and the Aborigines traditionally used them as cables in raft-building to bind up the wood. They also ate the roots of this plant.

Australia is a harsh place and survival is tricky. Identifying what you could eat without it eating you first, or killing you from the inside, is quite a remarkable skill. While some of these plants don’t merit a second glance from most of us, the indigenous Australians have identified what they could exploit to maximise their survival in such a harsh territory.

This is a sheoak tree, also known as casuarina. There are male trees and female trees.

This is a sheoak tree, also known as casuarina. There are male trees and female trees.

The sheoak resembles a pine in several ways - instead of leafy foliage, it has spindly needles which are segmented. When pulled apart, it reveals tiny "teeth", the real leaves. The female sheoaks' fruits resemble a pine cone.

The sheoak resembles a pine in several ways – instead of leafy foliage, it has spindly needles which are segmented. When pulled apart, it reveals tiny “teeth”, the real leaves. The female sheoaks’ fruits resemble a pine cone.

Apparently, the Aborigines consume this spiky, woody little fruit to help slake their thirst. The Ninja Turtle found the taste to be acidic and astringent; and extracting the tiny amount of sap from its wooden spikes wasn't really worth the effort in the end.

Apparently, the Aborigines consume this spiky, woody little fruit to help slake their thirst. The Ninja Turtle found the taste to be acidic and astringent; and extracting the tiny amount of sap from its wooden spikes wasn’t really worth the effort in the end.

Spindly needles in place of leaves, woody and unpalatable fruit… starting to get an idea of just how harsh the Australian climate is? Plants have evolved some truly incredible adaptations to survive, and even thrive in this country.

Fruits that wait for a fire to come along before they explode to release their seeds into the winds.

Fruits that wait for a fire to come along before they explode to release their seeds into the winds.

Ask any foreigner to name as many Australian plants as they can think up of, and chances are, the eucalyptus is always going to be the first/only one mentioned. With good reason too! The air in Australia tingles with the scent of eucalyptus, and the sailors who used to traverse the Indian Ocean would remark that 40km from the shore, as they come in to Western Australia, claimed to be able to smell the eucalyptus from that distance away.

The word eucalyptus means "well-covered", as the flowers of the eucalyptus were protected by a little "cap" that would eventually fall off to reveal the blossoms.

The word eucalyptus means “well-covered”, as the flowers of the eucalyptus were protected by a little “cap” that would eventually fall off to reveal the blossoms.

Of course, the eucalyptus is well-known for its oil, which has medicinal properties in microdoses, but is toxic in large quantities. This oil is found within the leaf, which has a leathery texture, present as globules.

Of course, the eucalyptus is well-known for its oil, which has medicinal properties in microdoses, but is toxic in large quantities. This oil is found within the leaf, which has a leathery texture, present as globules.

FUN FACT! Know how sunflowers turn to face the sun? Well, eucalyptus leaves do the same! Except… they face the sun with their profiles (sideways) rather than with their surfaces. This is an adaptation to reduce heat stress and water loss.

Eucalyptus trees have another very cool feature - epicormic buds on their trunks. In the event of a bushfire, all is not lost! These epicormic buds will sprout new shoots, and life simply goes on.

Eucalyptus trees have another very cool feature – epicormic buds on their trunks. In the event of a bushfire, all is not lost! These epicormic buds will sprout new shoots and life just goes on. As the saying goes: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

When the plant suffers an attack by disease or insects, it grows "galls". This is the plant equivalent of a tumour, and can present on the trunk or leaves. On the trunks, this wooden growth is sometimes favoured by furniture makers or woodworking craftsmen.

When the plant suffers an attack by disease or insects, it grows “galls”. This is the plant equivalent of a tumour, and can present on the trunk or leaves. On the trunks, this wooden growth is sometimes favoured by furniture makers or woodworking craftsmen.

What plants do you think best represent the country you live in?

What plants do you think best represent the country you live in?

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Scenes from the Torrens River

It’s been a while since this blog featured a Motivation Monday post. It’s not because the Ninja Turtle hasn’t been running, but because it’s so much more fun to talk about other aspects of travelling. That said, she’s had several amazing runs during this trip so far, and today – this morning – after finding herself awake once more before 6am, she’s decided to go on a slightly longer run, and to explore a popular route that she never got the chance to run because she wasn’t really a runner back then, just to see what all the fuss was about.

Adelaide, the city that lives in the Ninja Turtle's heart.

Adelaide, the city that lives in the Ninja Turtle’s heart.

The Torrens is a river that runs through Adelaide; in the city, it sits north of the commercial zone, just behind the University. Back in the day, she used to sit under a tree by the river, eating a sandwich while revising her notes. The first time GodzillaPin and the Ninja Turtle hung out together, they came down to this river, and GodzillaPin proceeded to horrify the Turtle by wondering aloud if he was quick enough to jump on a duck and catch it (he wanted to cook and eat it, apparently).

Anyway… the Kaurna people – that is, the indigenous Australians who lived in South Australia – call it Karrawirra Parri. This means Red Gum Forest River in their language. This morning, the Ninja Turtle ran along the River Torrens Linear Park Trail, and here are some photos taken along the way.

Karrawirra Parri - the red gum forest river.

Karrawirra Parri – the red gum forest river.

Starting point: Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Starting point: Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

It's a very popular spot for leisure activities like cruising, kayaking, and of course, the paddle boats are a real favourite among children.

It’s a very popular spot for leisure activities like cruising, kayaking, and of course, the paddle boats are a real favourite among children.

She started heading westwards for one simple reason – it was early morning, and on the side of the river she stood, there was no shade, and did not wish to run with the sun in her eyes. So west it was.

Running on a soft dirt path with sunny blue skies and a crispness in the air at 7am = best holiday moment ever.

Running on a soft dirt path with sunny blue skies and a crispness in the air at 7am = best holiday moment ever. Too bad this photo cannot capture the smell of eucalyptus.

Westwards, the trail runs past the local brewery.

Westwards, the trail runs past the local brewery in Hindmarsh.

Getting the annual Brewery Christmas Lights display up and going.

Getting the annual Brewery Christmas Lights display up and going.

Keep heading west and you eventually reach Henley Beach and the waters!

Keep heading west and you eventually reach Henley Beach and the waters!

The Ninja Turtle didn’t particularly want to go to the beach, so she turned around and headed back to the city on the other side of the river.

Would someone care to explain what a horse float is?

Would someone care to explain what a horse float is?

At this early hour of the morning, while the city is still slowly waking up, it was already bustling with life down by the river.

Rule #1 of running in Australia: apply the same quantity of sunscreen on your skin as the amount of water you drink before your workout. Yes. Really. That much.

Rule #1 of running in Australia: apply the same quantity of sunscreen on your skin as the amount of water you drink before your workout. Yes. Really. That much.

East of the city, the richer suburbs can afford to beautify the river trail with art

East of the city, the richer suburbs can afford to beautify the river trail with art

Although very often, they tend to simply blend in to the surroundings rather than stand out.

Although very often, they tend to simply blend in to the surroundings rather than stand out.

At one point the trail dips downwards so runners are at eye-level with the train tracks.

At one point the trail dips downwards so runners are at eye-level with the train tracks.

A rickety footbridge that wobbles so much, the Ninja Turtle was forced to slow to a walk in case she broke it by running across.

A rickety footbridge that wobbles so much, the Ninja Turtle was forced to slow to a walk in case she broke it by running across.

Here are some landscape photos taken during the run. The Ninja Turtle claims copyrights to the following images and may not be used for commercial purposes without her knowledge.

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Look at this world we live in.

Now go out and RUN, and see it, and feel it, and breathe it, and absorb it, and become one with it.

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