Sunday, 4 December 2011

An obvious outsider

This post comes to you thanks to a recent work trip, a hotel bar, a beer and a desire to appear absorbed in something both important and interesting.

While sitting by myself in a hotel bar in Adelaide recently I noticed that I had updated my Facebook status at least five times with inane, mundane and generally pointless crap (I hear you, what else is Facebook for?).  I had also managed to enter into a playful stoush on white chocolate, and read the material for my meeting cover to cover at least three times.

Oh, what to do?  I shall not flea to my hotel room at 6:00pm, and I have to eat.  But how to do this on your own without feeling and appearing like a loser.  Or how to avoid appearing like a serial killer as you listen intently to the conversations that are happening nearby because if you didn’t you would end up speaking to yourself....

I’m wondering, who out there is fearless enough to dine in strange cities independently?  And, if you do, please share the secret to how you do it?

1 comment:

  1. I do. In fact on many times in that very town on work trips! I take laptop or eat at a place that is casual enough to take a magazine or book. Actually, come to think of it, I do all the time when traveling. Sometimes you can't eat where you really want to alone, because it is awkward. Hatted restaurants should be shared...but usually I pick a place with a view outside, or a bar where I can sit up and watch the kitchen.

    Also white chocolate sucks. Also, I like that photo.