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The City Guide Thread

Postby vmh » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:40 pm

Since we're being encouraged to create new discussions, I thought, "don't mind if I do!"

WTF! draws members from across the globe. Most of us like to travel. Even though I don't get to travel as much as I'd like to because of lack of funds, I do love reading travel guides. This is simple. Use this thread to write about your favorite things to do in your town or any cities that you've visited. You could write about your favorite shops, restaurants, theatres, museums, parks, etc. Post reviews. Things you must do while in town. What are the most popular attractions? What about places that only locals know about? And then other members could use this as a reference if they visit. I know where most everyone is from but be sure to clearly state what city you're listing for the newbies. 8)
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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby helgecko » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:53 am

Oh, I love this idea! :D

I've been in Sydney for about 7 years now (after growing up to the north of Syd and moving here for work), and I've slowly but surely and pretty much completely fallen in love with this city :)

I highly recommend you all come and check it out, even if only as a brief detour on your way to New Zealand... :wink:

It will take me a long time to cover all my favourite things about Sydney, but I will have a crack at it in bits and pieces as they occur to me. I have to say though, I think the number one thing I love about it is that it truly seems to have something for everyone. It's a very diverse city, both because it's such a young city and been settled and shaped by so many people from all over the world, and because it's so sprawling geographically.

I've been living in what's known as "The Inner West" (a roughly-defined area covering a number of suburbs to the west of (duh) and fairly close to the CBD) for most of my time here, and I wouldn't really like to live anywhere else in Sydney (at least while I'm without a family). It's the more "alternative", arty, studenty, creative, environmentally aware, a little bit hippy-ish, more-than-a-little-bit rough area with a relatively high ratio of pubs, cafes, music venues, (sometimes excellent) graffiti, art galleries, book shops, op-shops (2nd hand stores), markets etc etc etc.

I absolutely love it, and to me it's the "real" Sydney :D


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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby vmh » Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:49 pm

Sydney sounds awesome! When I was in high school, I seriously tried to convince my mom for us to move down to Australia (or New Zealand). :lol: All of the history and geography courses I've taken (even at community college) tend to ignore that area. :(

I live in Rancho Cucamonga. It's a suburb about an hour east of downtown Los Angeles. My parents weren't really into culture and arts growing up so I didn't spend a lot of time in LA as a kid. In high school, I only went out there if my friends and I wanted to see a band play. So I've only come to discover it within the last 4 years but I love it! It's not for everyone but this passage sums up the same feeling I get when I'm in LA.

No matter what you do in L.A., your behavior is appropriate for the city. Los Angeles has no assumed correct mode of use. You can have fake breasts and drive a Ford Mustang – or you can grow a beard, weigh 300 pounds, and read Christian science fiction novels. Either way, you're fine: that's just how it works. You can watch Cops all day or you can be a porn star or you can be a Caltech physicist. You can listen to Carcass – or you can listen to Pat Robertson. Or both. That's how we dooz it.

L.A. is the apocalypse: it's you and a bunch of parking lots. No one's going to save you; no one's looking out for you. It's the only city I know where that's the explicit premise of living there – that's the deal you make when you move to L.A.

The city, ironically, is emotionally authentic. It says: no one loves you; you're the least important person in the room; get over it. What matters is what you do there. And maybe that means renting Hot Fuzz and eating too many pretzels; or maybe that means driving a Prius out to Malibu and surfing with Daryl Hannah as a means of protesting something; or maybe that means buying everything Fredric Jameson has ever written and even underlining significant passages as you visit the Westin Bonaventura. Maybe that just means getting into skateboarding, or into E!, or into Zen, Kabbalah, and Christian mysticism; or maybe you'll plunge yourself into gin-fueled all night Frank Sinatra marathons – or you'll lift weights and check email every two minutes on your Blackberry and watch old Bruce Willis films.
Who cares? Literally no one cares, is the answer. No one cares. You're alone in the world. L.A. is explicit about that.

If you can't handle a huge landscape made entirely from concrete, interspersed with 24-hour drugstores stocked with medications you don't need, then don't move there. It's you and a bunch of parking lots. You'll see Al Pacino in a traffic jam, wearing a stocking cap; you'll see Cameron Diaz in the check-out line at Whole Foods, giggling through a mask of reptilian skin; you'll see Harry Shearer buying bulk shrimp. The whole thing is ridiculous. It's the most ridiculous city in the world – but everyone who lives there knows that. No one thinks that L.A. "works," or that it's well-designed, or that it's perfectly functional, or even that it makes sense to have put it there in the first place; they just think it's interesting. And they have fun there.

And the huge irony is that Southern California is where you can actually do what you want to do; you can just relax and be ridiculous. In L.A. you don't have to be embarrassed by yourself. You're not driven into a state of endless, vaguely militarized self-justification by your xenophobic neighbors. You've got a surgically pinched, thin Michael Jackson nose? You've got a goatee and a trucker hat? You've got a million-dollar job and a Bentley? You've got to be at work at the local doughnut shop before 6am? Or maybe you've got 16 kids and an addiction to Yoo-Hoo – who cares?

It doesn't matter.

Los Angeles is where you confront the objective fact that you mean nothing; the desert, the ocean, the tectonic plates, the clear skies, the sun itself, the Hollywood Walk of Fame – even the parking lots: everything there somehow precedes you, even new construction sites, and it's bigger than you and more abstract than you and indifferent to you. You don't matter. You're free.


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There’s something kind of liberating about how “no one cares.”

The upsides: The weather, close to beaches, mountains, canyons and desert, great sushi and Mexican food, diversity, it truly is the entertainment capital because there’s always something to do here, Jemaine has been here a lot lately :D

The downsides: The traffic is hell! The metro red line is amazing but public transportation could still improve. There’s a lack of soul in LA.

To be continued.
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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby Sherry » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:00 pm

I have a bit to add to all this but it'll have to wait a day or two :)

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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby mockingbird » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:03 pm

That's so funny and interesting vmh because I have two friends who used to live in LA and they both said pretty much exactly the same thing.

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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby Peaches » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:26 am

Come to Adelaide! Please! Seriously...no one else does.

I live about an 18 hour drive from Sydney (to give you some perspective...)

Many people 'pay out' Adelaide (that is to insult), because we have a reputation for bizarre killings, general freakshows and missing children. But hey! Don't let that put you off!

It was actually proven that Adelaide has no higher incidences of homicide than anywhere else, in fact lower than the general average for most of Australia.
Anyway....I live in the Adelaide Hills - Mylor, it's a lovely area...full of open spaces and bushland and trees and generally lovely things. I live near a wildlife sanctuary, http://www.warrawong.com.
My actual 'town' has about 200 people living in it, but no pub. Yes, a small town with no pub. Most unAustralian!

You can visit our authentic German village of Hahndorf (which having been to Germany, it's not very German....) which is 30 mins from Adelaide and about 8 mins from my house :)

Good thing about Adelaide is also our arts scene, we have lots of festivals and art shows. Ooh and wineries! Just a 45 min drive to McLaren Vale and you have many wineries, a further few hours is the Barossa Valley...lots more wines here too!
So yes. Adelaide Rocks.

Oh and we also got balls.
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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby vmh » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:22 am

Peaches, if I ever visit Australia, I promise to visit Adelaide. For the balls. And to see you. But mostly for the balls. :lol:

PS: I posted something that might be of interest to you in The Mighty Boosh thread.

I have more to add about Los Angeles but I'm in the process of brainstorming what I think are the best spots in LA.
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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby Sherry » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:53 pm

I liked Adelaide a lot. It really is a lovely city. Hubby is from there and when I was over he had a unit (small house) in the city centre, about 5 minutes walk from the big indoor market. I loved going over there each morning for fresh bread, fish, pesto or whatever else took my fancy. Then going home and making it for brekkie.

I loved Glenelg also. Mother in law lives there, just across from the old tramline. 5 minutes to the main street and then wandering down to the beach. I have some pics from there to share :) 4 pages of them in fact :)

Pics from Adelaide and the area

I adore bottle brush trees. And all the amazing birds flying round. I spent my first few days ooooing at all the budgies, galah's and parrots. Our most colourful bird is a bullfinch.

I also braved a taste of a pie floater. And those wotsit pasties. And the cake, what do you call it, the one dipped in chocolate. I did try Farmers Union also but am not a fan of iced coffee at the best of times.

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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby onefeathertail » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:15 pm

This is a fantastic idea, vmh. :biggrin:


When I travelled Australia I made an extensive photo log of everywhere I traveled. Rather than gush about what an experience it was, I've plucked some of my favourite shots and compiled them here and here.

And those are some lovely shots of Adelaide, Sherry. Bottle brush trees :heart:

When I travel to Canada at the end of the year I'm also hitting Wisconsin, New York (for New Years Eve) and LA. LA seems so bustling. Then again, of course, so does New York.

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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby Venus » Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:35 pm

This is a great idea for a thread, vmh! Thanks for the guides so far, ladies. I'd love to visit LA and Australia someday. I've got a lot to say about London but I'll have a think about it, try and condense it down and post something soon. :)
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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby SuzyBatt » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:23 am

:nice:

I'm going to write about my day after I have my day in the city on Thursday. Hopefully I'll sell you all on coming for a visit.
onefeathertail wrote:When I travel to Canada at the end of the year I'm also hitting Wisconsin, New York (for New Years Eve) and LA. LA seems so bustling. Then again, of course, so does New York.

OFT, where will you be coming to Canada?

Of course, I don't know if I can handle reading about other places. I'm so desperate to travel, but have no funds. It'll just make me cry!! :tears:

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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby Peaches » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:33 am

Sherry wrote:I also braved a taste of a pie floater. And those wotsit pasties. And the cake, what do you call it, the one dipped in chocolate. I did try Farmers Union also but am not a fan of iced coffee at the best of times.


Pie floaters are awful! And I don't like coffee, so no thanks to FUIC! Mmm, but we do have yummy frog cakes! Ooh and Haighs chocolates which are DIVINE!

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http://www.chocablog.com/reviews/haighs-selection/ - See, a review of Haighs!

So please come to Adelaide, it's lovely to just eat and drink and the city is safe and pretty :) (plus, we are the only state not to have convict settle here!)
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Postby SuzyBatt » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:55 am

Peaches wrote:So please come to Adelaide, it's lovely to just eat and drink and the city is safe and pretty :) (plus, we are the only state not to have convict settle here!)

I love that this can come up as a selling point. :rolls: Only in Australia! :lol:
Well, probably not but it makes for a good laugh.

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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby vmh » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:58 am

Haha, that frog cake is so cute!
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Re: The City Guide Thread

Postby onefeathertail » Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:28 am

SuzyBatt wrote:OFT, where will you be coming to Canada?

Late November - early December of this year. :thumb:

I forgot that Adelaide never had convicts. I personally think you all should be shunned.


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