I’ve heard quite many times, that by aeging people more and more honour their comfort. It’s often the reason, why later in their life, they are not so eager to travel anymore. Though, I hope I’m still quite far from that stage of life, I do believe I will never stop traveling. But it’s possible that my way of traveling will be (even more) influenced by laziness in a few years.
Our trip to Cagliari inspired me to the idea of “balcony traveling”. The term means you come to the destination and will spend the whole holiday on the strategically situated balcony. As I was able to experience, there are many things you can enjoy, while being on the right balcony.
When I decide for an airbnb apartment, I always try to choose one situated in the building typical for the area and the city. In Cagliari, we found a wonderful apartment in the historical city center. It seemed the dream came true, as staying in the apartment at one of those super tiny streets with very small, but very charming balconies, was something I had always wanted to experience. Just to feel like I was in an old movie with Sophia Loren, only without herself.
If I didn’t step out from our place, my stay still would be more than exciting. Just imagine. It’s Saturday morning and I’m at my balcony, surrounded by the very typical architecture of Sardinia capital. The street is rather quiet, with a car passing the street only time to time. From upside, I can see what the women carry in their bags from a grocery shop and got an idea which ingredients are the most essential in the local cuisine. In a little while, I can also smell it very clearly from the windows all around.
I can also see the wardrobe and home textiles of locals as laundry is dried over the windows. I don’t see too many people, but the nice lady with curlers in her hair in next window and older man smoking in his underwear on the opposite balcony. If I was an older single lady, I might to try to flirt with him. In case, flirting with the person living in the house opposite to yours is not only the movie cliché.
In the afternoon, the street under my balcony becomes much more exciting with the cars and scooters, crossing the street more frequently and the mixture of young and older people, hanging out. Real fun starts at night. I literally feel like I was in the middle of a loud party with the live music that has some signs of the alcohol use. It seems that after dark, the speed limit for scooters stop existing. I could be angry that I cannot sleep, but I have my own glass of wine instead, dance and sing those famous, annoying songs together with my remote companions, till the whole city would slowly fall asleep.
Lazy balcony traveling is pretty awesome, but I couldn’t resist the calling of those tempting streets. We were happy to get lost there, though it’s not really possible to get lost in Cagliari. We didn’t even know how, but the tangle of streets always brought us back home. Cagliari has quite busy, but very relaxing atmosphere, typical for the coastal cities. It’s the perfect option for people who like to have enough cultural and art opportunities, but easily get tired of really big cities.
And those, tired of almost everything, now know, how to keep exploring despite their love for own comfort.
© Photos by Daniela Rifai Assistance – Martin Jesny