Often, the arrival to a new city can always fall short of the romanticised scenarios offered by Hollywood movies and their likes. The picturesque views of the city’s skyline by night, so breathtakingly beautiful from the comfort of your airplane or your train are fast forgotten as you find yourself in a dingy bus terminal, trying to work out the route to that “central location” hostel that doesn’t even appear to be on a map. Then, even once you’re past the trouble of securing a roof over your head and ready to take into the streets, where do you you start without ending up hopelessly lost in a city you know so little about?
To make your journey ever so enriching and colourful, citysocializer have assembled a few recommendations for places your ventures should start:
The Old City. It might seem like the most obvious start if you’re in the city for a short spell of time, but even if you are to move permanently, spending a day familiarizing yourself with the main city sights is absolutely worth it. Yes, these areas are often overridden by tourist traps and cheap trinkets stalls, yet they’re also the safest and best maintained areas within the city and often within an arm’s reach of the modern city centre, hence limiting your chances of bumping into less tourist-friendly locals or simply getting lost.
The Neighbourhood. While it certainly takes some time to adapt to the rhythm of your new city, there’s no point of limiting your experiences to conveyor-type establishments that would shamelessly charge you over £5 per pint. Don’t be put off your local bars and cafes, just because they don’t carry the name of a famous landmark and the owner is waiting tables himself. You’ll be rewarded with a more personal approach and a rare opportunity to mingle with the “true” locals.
Outdoor Spaces. Even a modest patch of green accommodated between concrete walls can be an urban escape of some sorts providing the opportunity to sit back and take it all in instead of getting caught in into the buzz of the city. Even better if you can find one on a hilltop – I’m sure those who’ve ever been to Primrose Hill in London, Brandon Hill in Bristol or Petřín in Prague will second us on this.
Something Unusual You’re Interested In. Ok, this sounds a bit lame but, in reality, there are plenty of places that are not – and probably will never be advertised in the tourism information centres simply for lacking any obvious public appeal. Yet it is an obvious case of beauty being “in the eye of the beholder”. Ever aspired to be a news anchor? Why not go and see the broadcasting house in London? An engineer in the making? Check out the Coventry University Faculty of Engineering and Computing Building.
This list is hardly exhaustive and is merely aimed at giving you some good ideas to make sure you don’t find yourself too overwhelmed and confused by the many opportunities you’re presented in your new city. We’d definitely insist on hunting down a decent supermarket as well – Too many bad memories of living off McDonalds for a week.
What else would you add to your list? Let us know in your comments below.