Home, uck! I know most of us would rather be traveling!!
Sometimes I get to thinking that I have lived in the same town for 9 years and I haven't visited most of the places I would visit if I went on vacation there.
So I was wondering what other peoples favorite "vacation like" activity is to do while they are at home.
Personally, I love going for really long walks/runs or hikes, so this spring at school I have been on a search for new routes to take, to prevent boredom and to see more of the town/country.
At home I like to do the same thing, also I try and find places to go and hear live music, or art shows to visit etc. etc.
So any ideas? Maybe we can all inspire one another to enjoy life at home more!!
I love finding natural wonders around my place like rivers and scrub-land (ok, not the greatest natural wonder but...!) and just explore them like I would a new place!
What a good idea for a thread!
Hmmm . . . what do I do at home? I love to explore the river and that area near my house, though I have spent nearly every summer there growing up already. Still, I always find yet another place to explore, it seems. It is fun to just float down the river on a rubber dingy with some friends and have some pizza afterwards and veg while we nurse our sunburns!
I'm into live music, too, though I haven't seen much of it lately . . . sort of been out of the loop for a while. I'm currently jobsearching like mad so I can afford to pay my rent because I'm moving out of the nest this month. It has been long overdue, let me tell you . . . . I also love to take in culture in my city (Calgary). Especially in the summer there are a lot of festivals and cultural events around town, as well as a good dose of summer concerts and whatnot. I don't ski, except for a couple not-so-successful x-country trips on NYDs, and haven't skated in a zillion years. Tabogganing is good fun, though. Otherwise winters are spent vegging in from of the TV, watching rented movies or at the cinema or shopping with friends. The Calgary zoo has a cool Christmas light show on during the Christmas season, actually, there is a lot of that kind of stuff that time of year . . .
Yeah, sometimes I kind of forget about all the stuff to do around my city. It becomes a sort of routine of doing the same things every year. The exception is when I get to entertain friends who come from out of town, and then I get to be a tourist again for a while, which is fun, and show off my city It's easy to forget just how good we have it in our own backyards, hey?
Well, enough of my prattling on about Calgary . .. .
I started this thread but I have a great story to add to it...
A couple weekends ago some friends and I (living in northern, USA)went to a Mexican Dance (one of my friends had been invited becuase he teaches English as a second language classes). The music that was playing was all in spanish and the majority of the people there were Hispanic (mexican, puerto rican). Most of us were girls and guys came up to us and invited us to dance with them. The guy that came and asked me to dance with him spoke almost no English, so I got a chance to use my Spanish (very exciting, I've had very few chances to use it with a native spanish speaker). He taught me how to do all the different dances they were doing, which I'll admit was a little bit more challenging considering the language.(sometimes I couldn't understand him and sometimes I just couldn't hear him) (I felt like the girl in the movie Dirty Dancing). Other people taught my friends how to dance even though we had no idea what we were doing and probably looked really stupid.
Bu it was So AWESOME, I felt like I was in a different country while really just being 45 minutes away from school.
Also my dorm room is right across from a statue that is pretty popular in the town where are school is. I look at it every day. Also a lot of times (like right now) I see people walking around it and taking pictures. I just always find it kind of amusing...
it feels safe at home, however, it's sort of routine. when you had to study almost everyday, there was not that much chance to explore the city (asian students study like hell) Moreover, my city, Bangkok has nothing best but shopping malls for days and nightclubs for nights...in conclusion, staying here is a barrier for your brians to work effectively cos you get used to the same environment and do things without or less using brains. that's why i always looked for news places on every vacation..now that i graduated...i just fly free!
I have to agree with bluewaav. If there are any festivals near your town, check them out. Montreal is a crazy festival town and you will definitely find tourists at the various festivals. I'm not sure what the festival scene is like in other cities but more often than not there will be some sort of festival to go to.
Also, we have the Old Port of Montreal, where the Cirque de Soleil originated. This is a place that is rich with touristy activities, like an archeological museum, paddleboating, tandem bikes for rent, a trapeze, and much more. Museums might not be up to speed for some people, but that's pretty vacation-like. I don't know if anyone shares this thought, but I find renting tandem bikes to be really vacation-like... but that might be because we did that way back in one of our family vacations to Cape Cod.
Another option that isn't quite what you were asking for is taking day trips to nearby cities or towns. Montrealers like myself take many trips "up north" as we call it. That would be the ski hills just north of the city. Regardless of the season, there will always be things happening in these places. You usually don't have to drive for too long (from 1 to 3 hours at most). That can count for a nice change of scenery.
Hope that helps!
At home... I like to go to festivals... My favorite is the annual Japanese "Bon Odori", being there is like travelling to Japan and doing the summer festival dance... with Japanese wearing their traditional clothes, some dance and some play Taiko (Japanese drum)... I like to dance all evening until the festival is over... It's fun
I don't really "travel" at home actually...
It's totally different for me during "School Time" and
During School days, what normally I do will be stuck in a covered hall & play badminton with friends most of the evening. Once reached home, music is a must and gonna finished all the homeworks given. And I do admit, asian ppls do study hard and really hard working. But I'm not one...hehe.
After graduated and experienced the real world out there,
things changed. Especially the circle of friends broke off.
Some might have migrated, some might still residing in overseas after university or college, some might moved to north and south. Sigh...
Eventually, most of the time after work, if not to go swimming,
or hang out with my buddies for a drink, I will be staying at home, reading newspaper infront of the TV or else will be start brushing my teeth and head to bed at 9pm!
That early huh? Btw, I have to wake up at 5am to head to work, where my work start at 6am...yawn...
when i am at home. i like to catchup with old friends and watch movies and eat at different restaurants. i have this favorite sushi restaurant i go to downtown, its a family owned place and the people there are super sweet.
i also love to go out and go dancing. i am not that coordianted but i went to my first salsa club and had a blast. i love to dance, and my favorite thing to do is dance with as many strangers as possible in one night.
i also love to go camping and the beach. there is something about standing in front on an ocean and seeing the vastness of it. it makes me feel so small and young. then i like to play in the waves and pretend i am surfing, because i cant really.
sometimes i like to go downtown during the day and pretend like i am a tourist and take pictures of the historical building and museums and asking for directions. its kind of goofy but its fun and people are super nice to you if they think you are foreign. mu hahaha.
this was a good thread it makes me want to go out and pretend to be a tourist again. au revoir.