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Suz Garrett, Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
A couchsurfing host I had in Belgium this fall is going to be in Richmond this week, I'm super excited about having my first ever reciprocal experience!
He also is blind, which is leaving me at a loss as to what to "show" him. I know the obvious--good food, good music, good beer is ABSOLUTELY on the agenda...but usually what I send surfers to do is based highly on the visual experience (eg: carytown, bell isle, the pipeline, hollywood cemetery, parks, etc)...does anyone have any creative suggestions as to things to do that show a part of Richmond that uses your other senses? (I keep thinking of the really awesome celestial seasoning tea tour you can do in Boulder, CO...and being sad there are no cool tours like that I know about locally). Does Hardywood do tours, anyone know?
I'm definitely going to throw out the farm animals petting "zoo" at maymont as a suggestion, but...that's kinda all I have, other than lots of day drinking to show him how Rva compares to the fabulous beers I had with him in Belgium.
What do yall suggest, creative people?
MARK ROSS , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
He would probably still enjoy belle isle, unique place in that your surrounded by the city but all you hear is nature .
Conor O'Donnell , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
So there is this church on Libby called St Stephens that on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm does Gregorian chants. Here's a video of what it sounds like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdm4d90aHfA
Don't be turned off by it if you or your friend aren't religious, it's so damn cool to listen to. Complete silence in this huge beautiful church broken by ancient singing. Truly unique experience. And other than the visual beauty of the church, the experience is mostly listening (and also smelling the incense burning). I highly recommend it. Here's their website too: http://saintstephensrichmond.net/compline
Let me know if you have any questions
Suz Garrett , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
Thanks Mark & Conor! We ended up mostly drinking virginia beers (which was exciting to show him our local beers after all the Belgian beers he plied me with :P ). since he was coming in from NYC, the sitting in a park listening to birds and nature won out, but we did pet some goats and sheep on the way at maymont!
but, WOW, conor, that chanting sounds really incredible, while i am not at all religious, i love chants/the vibrations of chanting and am planning on checking that out SUPER soon. do you go often? Or is anyone else interested in going when I go in the next few weeks?
Serene, Stamford, USA, 2 months ago
Since the next long weekend will be in April (Easter), I am planning to head to Richmond during that weekend.
I have never been to Richmond (or even VA) before so pardon me for my silly questions!
My questions are ... will the stores, museums and other interests (except parks of course), be open during this period? I dont want to be stuck in a situation where shops are close and the whole place is quiet...
Also, will car be necessary to visit parks and famous landmarks, etc? I havent drive for quite a while so I dont intend to drive when I am there.
Brenda Harview , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
Easter weather can be gorgeous or cold. Buses run during the weekend but I am not sure about Sunday. Check out the GRTC bus web site. Try to find a place to stay near the Boulevard and Monument Avenue. Either way you absolutely must do the Easter Parade. It is on Monument Avenue near all of the museums that will be open. The parade is that the people of Richmond dress up and most wear Easter decorated hats and everyone parades down Monument Avenue. Dogs are prevelent as are children and food and craft vendors. About 25,000 people participate. No worries about everything in Richmond being open.
Holt Edmunds , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
If you want to borrow a bike glad to lend one. I have 2 and they are fairly tall. Richmond is relatively bike friendly.
Maurice Hiller, Gainesville, USA, 2 months ago
Hellooooooo. Anybody know some good mountain biking trails around Richmond? I just moved back in with my parents in Midlothian after some extended travel and while I look for a new job. I'd love to shred some gnar before it gets too cold!
Rick Headley , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
If you want to bike around the James, the Northbank trail and the Buttermilk trail form a loop. Both are pretty good, with the Buttermilk being a bit tougher. A quick google search will give you a map. Have fun and be safe!
Alex Stolberg , Richmond, USA, 2 months ago
Hey Maurice, welcome back. Check out richmond-more.org for detailed trail maps and beta. As Rick said, the riding in the city is one long loop that can be done either direction. The whole thing is 13 miles but you can easily cut off sections to make it only 8. There are trail-heads all along the loop but if you're coming from the south side then your best bet would be parking at Forest Hill Park or around 21st and Riverside Drive. Aside from the James River trails, there is decent singletrack at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield ($5 to park) or also Powhite park right off of Chippenham (smaller but still fun). The website should have info on all these spots and more. Message me if you want to go for a ride. - Alex
Katarina Rawlins, Copenhagen, DNK, 2 months ago
Hi ill be going to richmond today . Is it possible for a nice guy or woman to host me? Im 25 years from denmark, sweet outgoing.
Sorry for the last minute but i have lost my credit card ( cash is very limited )
Hope someone outthere can help me. Its a little emargency.
Robert Bridge , Silver Spring, USA, 2 months ago
Hi Katarina, are you still looking? I'm just moving into a place and don't have a couch yet but could give you space for a sleeping bag if you like.
JOZAS , Monterrey, MEX, 2 months ago
There's a couch in my apt. available for tonight. But I'm leaving to DC tomorrow morning. Send me an email (I'm always online LOL) or a text. I'll send you my number.
Hugs and nice trip!
Anna Fofanova, Moscow, RUS, 2 months ago
Hey, does anyone have any ideas how to spend Thanksgiving day for two international students?