When I travel, I walk a lot, and I walk fast, except when inside museums. I like to read everything. Today I visited the Canterbury Museum. I highly recommend it for its incredible variety of exhibits. It was suggested a 2 hour visit is sufficient, I took nearly 3.5 hours.
In the winter here, it seems things close earlier than usual, or earlier than you would hope/expect, usually 5-6pm. That was similar to my experience in Stockholm. By the time I made it to Cathedral Square for my planned lunch, it was almost 4pm. I find interesting things to investigate along the way – art galleries, bookstores, open air markets, and other museums to add the the “visit list”.
The public library is pretty nifty, it acts as a real community center, all kinds of people and families are there to take advantage of not just the usual books and magazines, but games both board and educational, 3 giant (probably 60+ inches) interactive touchscreens with history and cultural snippets, a cafe, art exhibits, meeting spaces, etc. Much more involved than any of my local branches.
Anyway, back to the story. I want to see enough stuff that I get to lunch in the mid-afternoon, and then dinner is pushed back far enough that everything is closed except for fast food and fancy sit-down restaurants. Today, I changed the pattern by skipping lunch for a much earlier dinner, which provided more meal options, but could end badly later tonight because my hotel is not in a very active area, such that expensive room service might be the only option. I guess I could look into food delivery. Even the shopping mall 4 blocks away closes at 6pm, presumably their food court does as well.
Mission: find a not huge meal and a something for back in the hotel (there is a mini-refrigerator in the room) that isn’t packaged/processed snacks and doesn’t need to be reheated. So the takeaway chips (fries for those at home) from the burger joint are out (but a burger is always a meal option).
Solution: I find a chain Japanese Restaurant for a nice bowl of udon for dinner that also has sushi rolls, which can be refrigerated for later.
New problem: the fastest way back to the hotel is through the park which looks closed, or at least unlit and it’s fully dark by 6pm. Instead of trying a Lime scooter (maybe someday), I’ll walk the long way around the park, I’ve walked plenty today, another 3+km?