Back when I was young
(er) and sexy (er), I used to be a recreational / freestyle skater.
While I did do some crazy stuff like hitching onto moving vehicles in the highway, jumping over cars, and racing in the middle of the street through the traffic of Caracas, I was not what you call an “aggresive skater”. Those guys are seriously insane. Like this one, for example:
During my skating years, when I was between 12 and 15, I always dreamed of the day I could actually glide on a high-end pair of rollerblades. Then I moved to the United States and I was so busy being an immigrant that the thought of skating never even crossed my mind until I moved to Greece and became a EU Permanent Resident. Too bad they don’t make off-road inline skates that could withstand Greek roads.
But now I’m in Adelaide and ever since I first went downtown, I realized that this city is PERFECT for skating. I actually read somewhere that Adelaide is one of the flattest cities in the world and that its friendly and scenic walking / cycling / skating paths are unrivaled anywhere else.
Although it sounds like an exaggeration, I wouldnt’ dare to argue that statement. You see, I have been to hundreds of cities in over a dozen countries and in my list, Adelaide ranks at the very top of wheel friendliness, wheather, and scenery.
Now good luck finding a pair of decent skates!
That’s right. It’s HAAAAAAAAAARD to find skates here, and when you do, they will cost up to 4 times as much as they would in the USA.
Like these beauties for example:
US price $180
AU price $600
Luckily, I found a great deal at $400 through www.baysideblades.com.au with free shipping. They are extremely friendly and will make an honest effort to help you find the skates that are right for you. Since I bought some protective gear as well, I managed to negotiate the price down to $350 (If you remember my post about haggling, you’d be pleased I’ve gotten better at it).
Rollerblading is a beautiful activity, excellent for cardio, and FUN!
If you live in Adelaide or are planning to come, I strongly advise you to get a good pair of skates. It may sound expensive at first, but when you consider the money you will save in transportation, entertainment, and gym, you’ll see that it’s a great investment. Besides, with rollerblades you can go to places where you can’t with a bicycle, they don’t take up much room in your house, and you get to hold hands with your other half! Awwww . . .
I’ll see you out there!