Oh! jonaj, I find it amazing that one can have a meal, yet remember it so many years' later!
I was flying Sydney-Melbourne one time, & the porters' went on strike! It backed up the flights no end. So was stuck for awhile, & airport food I never eat.
When eventually boarded, I was starving, & was served piping hot Prawn Chowder! It was absolutely delicious! Just what I needed! I can still taste its' velvety smoothness, & the beautiful fresh, large Prawns! Lol!
Well I guess I should say that I was also in a very violent marriage, and I ran out the house to get away that day, unwell from all the abuse, and alone...So yes it had a very deep lasting impression on me for all these years. :)
When I was traveling I ate alone regularly. I went on a gastronomic walking tour of France and happened to be the only person on the tour at the time, so I ate alone in fancy Frency restaurants every night for a week! Lucky for me, I was going through a "finding myself" phase, so this suited me perfectly. I was armed with a good novel and a travel journal, so had no problem amusing myself while I enjoyed my meals. It probably helped that the food was amasing and the French hospitality (in Provence) was lovely!
Sarah, I think somehow when you are on holidays, it is a little different. As a single person, I probably meant, would you do it here, in your home town. e.g. sometimes I feel like going out to eat on the spur of the moment and quite late and most of my friends would have eaten or have family, so I get take away instead of going to a restaurant on my own.
I was wondering if others feel this way, or if they are OK going out alone.
Your tour sounds fabulous -didnt you have the guide with you?
I used to have to eat alone often, also while travelling for my job. Now sometimes I prefer it. It gives me the option of reading a book and enjoying a meal. Something I couldn't do if dining with company.
I used to eat out a lot on my own when I was younger especially when travelling and you get to meet lots of interesting people, others eating lone but last week i stopped to have some sushi on my own and felt very odd like 'Billy no mates'.
I think there is too much judgement around eating alone. I recently moved to Sydney with my partner but he was sent overseas for work as soon as we moved here. I like to explore and try new foods but I find I get judgment when I am alone, as if it is something to be ashamed of. Of course I enjoy meals with others but it shouldn't be a social crime to enjoy a meal alone either!!
I don't think it is Samia -I think the person sitting alone can possibly feel awkward -speaking from experience, however I was not meaning to suggest there is anything at all wrong with eating alone -just whether you feel comfortable doing this.
I am fine about eating alone , value the freedom to make my own choices and live with the mistakes. Without being constantly reminded of them.
Eat and enjoy at my leisure.
People watching at these venues makes for an interesting day out.
Yes I have eaten alone in a restaurant a few times. A bit weird, but not a big deal once the food is delivered. I have also gone to the movies alone - now that I like. I get all the popcorn to myself and no one talking in my ear during the show!
Aleigha, A few years ago now, (I think it was back in the '90's) I used to attend the SFF on my own, from 10am-5pm. I did this for 4 years. It was heaven for me! I'd take my own food to eat between the films, (but no, I wasn't eating all day!) Before each movie started, (about 5 day) I would read my book. I know it's not like eating alone in a restaurant/cafe though, but I just had to let you know as you said you enjoyed going to the movies on your own!
I have no problem eating alone and I am surprised that this question came up. While waiting I am comfortable watching the comings and goings of other diners, or I check my emails etc or pick up something to read. I regularly eat lunch alone and have eaten alone when traveling. I usually have the company of my husband but I am going to go out to a restaurant alone next time he is away to see if it feels odd.