Cities … I hate them and I love them. For every city I love, I can name another one I hate. City trips (especially for business) are sometimes a necessary evil – so how to make the most out of them?
For my quarterlies, I tend to chose cities that have a lot of green and/or are near the water or rivers. Dubrovnik over Dubai. Antwerp over Abu Dhabi. But because of my work I get to visit a lot of cities around the world – I even developed my own habits in exploring a city (sometimes even running). So this page is more about how I cope with cities rather than how I love city trips.The best of cities and not the worst of cities. That is the trick to coping with cities for me. It is about finding ways to experience a city without feeling like the ultimate tourist and/or the ultimate outsider. It is about approaching cities with an open mind – with an omakase mindset. I wrote a separate blogpost about it as well, but find some ideas and favorites below.There are plenty of ways to explore a city with and open mind.
The noble art of city trips. The skill of getting to know a city, its culture, its habits and its inhabitants in a short amount of time. The joy of opening up your mind for new experiences – of asking a waiter what to pick, of turning left when you know you had to turn right, of asking the hipster guy behind the counter where he would go out tonight.
Here’s a list of cities I grew fond of and spent enough time to develop some favorite local places.