Lay of the Land

5 Oct

Right around the corner is a youth hostel that offers free City of Adelaide  bicycles, first come-first served.  The free bikes are part of a strategy by the city to wean people away from their dependence on cars.  This offer is perfect for us for the first month of our stay.  We walk and bike and take a free bus as we discover the city center.  In month two we travel to all of the sites within an hour’s drive of the city in any direction. And in month three we go even farther afield.

In the first week we start a list of activities (organized in a computer program called, “Remember the Milk”) gleaned from all of the tourist material we can find.  Of course the list is dynamic and constantly expanding during our stay but this gives us a starting point.

Today we are taking a bike ride to investigate an area of Adelaide that has a concentration of museums, a botanic garden, a zoo, Parliament, the University of Adelaide , the contemporary arts center and the National Wine Center.  On these initial forays we get a better idea of what to explore later on.  Also we find that guided walking tours are a great way to get an overview of a place for future excursions.

This said, if a better idea appears, we do it. We do it now and all of the plans can wait.

How do you plan your travels?

4 Responses to “Lay of the Land”

  1. Ursula Freer October 9, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    Good to hear you are “settled” in. You guys sure know how to pick interesting places!

  2. Neil Freer October 6, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    YEA!! THE APRON JUST CAME IN THE MAIL. THANK YOU, I THINK I’LL EVEN WEAR IT TO HARRY’S……..AND MAYBE EVEN TO BED. GONNA IMPROVE MY COOKING I’M SURE! YEA!!!

  3. californian October 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    When I was in the Navy it would go like this. Get off the ship, watch where all the sailors are going, find another route that looks clean, well-lit, taken care of, go that way. Or, get in a cab, describe a type of place, let cab driver find it.

    • Jill October 6, 2012 at 2:17 am #

      How smart! Sounds like “going the way less traveled” runs in the family!

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