Do You Play Tourist in Your Own Town?
I think there are "touristy" places that are incredibly amazing, yet the kind you only "need" to go to once in a while, vs. the kind you'd go to all the time: a great local landmark vs. a great local pub. I think the Arch in St. Louis is awesome, the museum there is a great look into American history, the exhibit on the Arch's construction is a great look into engineering, at the view at the top is just too cool. Yet it's not something I go up every month, nor every week. I've been there, done that, rode it, seen it. However, our blues/jazz pubs are also amazing and I can be found at one or more of them quite often.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. ---St. Augustine
There are a few small museums here that are ok but not amazing, once you've been to them a couple of times it is enough.
When I have couch-surfers staying I sometimes show them around, show them the main sights of the city.
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"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."
At first, the playing tourist thing came out of my suffering from withdrawal from returning from really great trips. But over time, it's really earned it's keep in a very endearing kind of way. I'm sure actual SF residents will agree, there is always something new to see or learn about this town. I love a good meal and some cafe time in North Beach, a nice leisurely stroll down the length of Grant through Chinatown (which ultimately leads to a jaunt in North Beach), shopping in Union Square, and yes, even overpriced seafood in Fisherman's Wharf.
I know there are far less congested, hip places and far better deals within the City to be had, but then again, when I play tourist, I do it for real and go to the real touristy sites. There is such a tongue-in-cheek, cult flavor to it. And one thing I discovered is that unlike the more chic and exclusive neighborhoods, being amongst other tourists you can really just be however you want to be because heck, they don't know you, will never see you again, and are probably more afraid of you than you are of them. Plus, it's nice to be able to help someone out with directions. Not to mention it's entertaining to try to zero in on languages and accents and figure out where people are from and be reminded of how great it is to be a stranger in a foreign land.
Why, just this past weekend I went to the Sutro Baths for the first time. It's basically ruins but the views of the Pacific are fantastic.
"What the hell is wrong with you C3-PO? We're here to see Europe not some crappy statue" (Eurotrip)
Helps that I live in gorgeous Colorado Springs, CO, so there is no shortage of things to do for anyone willing to look.
I do not deny my hedonistic tendencies. I revel in them.
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