Not everybody can go on holidays when the sun is at its warmest. Some people have to work during the summer months and others say that they simply can't afford to go on a summer holiday.
I have spent many summers in town, especially because I worked, taking overt from those going on holidays.
Yet, I can't say that I was frustrated for having to work while others were on holidays at sea side resorts or enjoying foreign ones. Actually, I was delighted to work and to have dough in my pocket.
I worked in the mornings which was grand. I'd get up early. I'd had a refreshing shower and breakfast and off I would go to look after my oldies. By three in the afternooon, I would be back home. Time to enjoy myself.
In summer, we don't have to cook much, but cold soups, salads,grilled fish or the odd fillet steak can make up good menus to enjoy. And loads of fresh fruit that at this time of the year are at its best and there's more to choose from.
After a brief nap, I would be out late in the evening for a stroll and to see and be seen. The good thing of summer is that one can go out even when it is already dark. It is perhaps the best moment of the day to go out to stroll and to have a beer at any of the countless beer gardens in town.
During those working summers, I toured a lot in nearby mountain towns or villages in my spare time. I had refreshing splashes in the pool of some luxurious city hotels. They aren't free, and some of them can be rather pricey, but as I say it won't break my bank account doing this time and again. Obviously, these pools are far better than the municipal ones. They are stylish. One can even spot the odd celebrity, lazing about on the side of the pool, showing their slender figures and one can have great views of the city. Then, one may have a drink in their also stylish bars.
In summer, there isn't the same cultural offer as there is in winter time, but it is worth having a look on entertianment guides to see what's on in town. Chances are that one could see actitivities that one won't see at winter.
Another good thing about having to stay in town during the summer is that the whole of the city is for yourself or almost. Most of the people have fleed it and it is a chance to breathe clean air. Many of the streets can almost be recognized being so clean of cars or littter.
It is true that one has the countless of foreign tourists that will have come to call on you, but this poses an opportunity to meet people from other lands, talking and practising the language that you already know. It may be a way to make a bit of business on them too.
You can buy one of these cameras that develop pictures straightaway after shooting them. Yes, I know. Japs have always their cameras and they are usually good ones, but have you noticed that when one or two people are touring on their own they always need a passer to take a picture of them two together? You can do the job yourself with your camera to offer it to them at a cheap price.
You may also start a conversation (more language practice) and offer to them to guide them around. You may or may not ask them for money, but chances are too that you could be invited to have a meal or a drink. Just make sure that you stop at a favourite place where you'd like to have a drink or a meal. If all of you have been walking for a while , it could happen that they would offer to stop there for a drink or a light snack.
Don't get annoyed if not this year again you can't afford a holiday somewhere else. You too can have a good one with a little bit of imagination, and when touring in nearby town and villages you can also send your friends cards in which you can tell them the usual stuff: "Weather's grand. Wished you were here!"
Copyright. Vicky Pino. July 24, 2012. Rights reserved.