I have needs and desires out of cities/towns/counties/whatever. also, one way to really love a place is to find something cool that either started there or is exclusive to the area. sure it'll be something to miss when you leave, but it'll be great while you're there, and you can't take take it with you, but in the next place there's bound to be something else great! also, you can always take memories with you - missing things is worth experiencing life (i'm super-optimistic right now because it's nice and sunny and stuff)!

  • places to get a good massage, if available
  • places to volunteer (doing library/archive stuff)
  • a favorite dive bar/small cocktail lounge/wine bar if i'm feeling classy - one day i'll be secure enough to go to a bar alone for a drink
  • my favorite neighborhoods
  • here's a new one: local perfumeries, if there are any (there are tons in big cities).
  • book arts centers
  • places to buy incense and natural candles (like soy wax as opposed to synthetic stuff), if there are any
  • art galleries and museums
  • any other random interesting museum, if there is one
  • hiking areas
  • where to take day trips (you know, like in the bay area, you can go to various parts of the bay, in nyc you can go to the horse races wherever they are
  • a favorite coffee/tea house
  • place to buy loose leaf tea
  • japanese grocery store
  • health food store
  • book store
  • library
  • local concert venues
  • what the local music is like
  • good little shops for when i feel like shopping - if there are any (if not, then shopping will be a big part of traveling)
  • farmer's markets
  • sweet parks/other outdoor places to sit and read
  • bars i'd like
  • cinema showing indie and foreign films
  • depending on how long i'm in a place, somewhere to dance/take dance classes
  • again, dependent on the length of stay, somewhere to learn languages/take other random classes (basically, a j.c.)
  • i used to be more active in pursuing restaurants, these days i stopped caring...but it's still good to be familiar with places. and it's nice to be a regular somewhere, at least for lunch. heck, at least a deli that you become a regular at!
  • local music blogs to figure out the scene and what's playing
  • other reliable blogs to find out what else might be going on
  • good local bakery/pastry shop/ other delicacy shop/good restaurants
  • music store (i know, i know. very rare these days)
  • tiki bar, if available
may 1 2010 ∞
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