The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Rollerblades: new hobby?

On our day out today, after a lovely lunch at a wonderful French restaurant (review to follow), we went shopping for and purchased some pricey "high end" (in the words of the sales assistant) rollerblades. We are getting tired of walking, but buying bicycles to get around in New York seem quite impractical since we have to think about transport back to Japan (where Rob's bike is awaiting his return). Plus we can easily carry our rollerblades on the subway. And it's something we hope to use to get around in Tokyo.

So, our new hobby will be rollerblading. Ought to be interesting because neither of us have ever rollerbladed before, and Rob gets nervous whenever we go ice-skating. But practice makes perfect, right? And who knows - rollerblading may become something we do a lot and actually enjoy doing, much like riding our bicycles everywhere and becoming a bit obsessed with our bikes when we bought new bicycles a few years back. Wish us luck and not so many falls and injuries! (We're spending a few hours in Central Park tomorrow, and we'll be breaking our new toys in.)


  1. oh wow .. they look very cool and hi-tech :P are they really light as well? i remember the rollerblading craze when i was back in primary school. i always envied my friend who could do it backwards!
    dont worry, its not too hard ... you guys will be fine!

  2. They are supposed to be lighter because of the aluminium frame, but we've never used rollerblades before so we can't compare (I don't even know how non-"high end" ones look!). Definitely lighter and more comfy than those rental ice-skates! Gosh they hurt..
    Rob bought some protective gear (knee and elbow pads and wrist guards), but I'm a little more confident than him so I didn't get any. Haha - hopefully I don't fall too much!

  3. I wonder if Rob considered that without his hands, he's in deep sh*t when he was buying that safety gear - I know that's one of the biggest things going through my mind when it comes to getting the safety gear for my bike!

  4. Hehe, probably. After trying the rollerblades in the park yesterday (and receiving advice from other skaters in the park), I decided that it's probably a good idea to have a set of protective gear for myself too..