Its good to know I'm not the only one out there staring at total strangers!
People-watching can pass hours of time when I get into trying to figure out what people are saying to each other or making up a conversation for them ('who's line is it anyway' style). I have also tried to catalogue particular gestures and guess if the people are from the country I am in or if they are visitors to and guess where they are from by how the dress and gesture etc... Its quite sad now I put it in words. If you ever want ot put this to the test though travel by train in france at 'strike' time. You are almost guaranteed to get the chance to people watch for hours.
Oh and shopping is good (for all the shopaholics out there) trying to find the funniest or rudest souvenir to post to a family memeber will keep you busy if there are shops nearby.
People watching is so much fun! You can make up what they are doing...where they are going...who they are meeting....oh god...someone get me a life!!!!
I'm with whoever said eating. Every wait time I get is an opportunity to try a different pastry, a new drink, great wines, a bigger sandwhich, you name it. I've come to realize that most of our vacations have become first and foremost about eating.
Other than that, I like to people watch. In northern France, I kept thinking I saw a girl I used to work with, who was originally from Paris. It took me a few days to realize I was picking up on some common thread between many women in France - a kind of lean, sophisticated, cool exterior that keeps the occassional too-close-for-comfort male at bay. It took me a few days of people watching to put 2 and 2 together, but it was fascinating.
thats funny as hell, and the same time really creepy. i dont know many 61 year olds that would talk about poundin on their wiena. but i guess its that over-comfortable level of internet. or your just eccentric, which would be better. i guess thats just as avant garde as sayin get leid. but i dont really see why you would want to while travelin. too much else id rather do than that.
or you could be joking.
I think the best thing to do is talk to people. i talk to everyone. i just love hearing what other people have to say, you never know what you could learn from someone else. even if its just a different point of view you've never seen or thought of before. i'll talk to anyone. and if you keep yourself away from planning, you could end up with a companion!
its worked out quite well for me. i wouldv'e missed out on so much if i hadn't taken that approach. if you have no plan, you wont hesitate to jump on an oppurtunity. openness is the key to spontenaity, and spontenaity they key to adventure! thats what ive learned. hell, i never woulda met 8 new friends in montreal and have a sick time being lost the first night (and hanging out with some europeans i randomly started talkin to in a pub), if i werent open enough to postpone my travelling plans to burn some money in canada from a meetup on a website i just signed up for. (not to mention alotta people i ran around with in boston while i was there.)
sooo i guess that all means.. stick to ideas, not plans. and if an opportunity arises, take it! it'll probably turn out way better than any plan you could have.
thats my dogma
Evan's the name.