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My first ever group tour was a success, especially as it was in the fabulous city of Cordoba in the region of Andalucia, Spain. It wasn’t really a group I suppose, hubby and two sons, but there was a tour leader and I did have to keep my stubborn selfishness under control and follow the leader. Which wasn’t the main thing I had to concentrate on at first. I had to get the machine under control. A few minutes instruction and practice, and all but me were experts.
Going forward wasn’t a problem at all. But stopping, well that was tricky. I got into trouble almost instantly by stepping off backwards. That is not allowed. Coming to a stop and staying stationary wasn’t easy for me. Of course the guys had no problems at all, except trying not to laugh at me too much.
Once the leader thought I was more or less in control, off we weaved away through narrow, at times cobbled streets. Bollards, the rider in front and curbs kept me on my toes, but the people… well they smiled and got out of my way. Sometimes having grey hair has great advantages.
I have never liked being shown around, but ‘zipping’ along (usually last in line) following the ‘group’, and stopping (well wobbling around) to order, to have sites pointed out and a little history explained was fun – I’ve said it now.
The Cordoba Segway Tour was my introduction to ‘tourist tours’ and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We did a thirty-minute tour but even I was wishing we’d chosen a longer one. I was probably the decision maker and I’m learning that I very often get it wrong.
Cordoba isn’t a new city to me. I had visited four or five times before being under 2 hours from home but I saw many new sites, and from different viewpoints that I’d probably never have found alone. The first thing we did after bemoaning not having had a longer session was to retrace some of the route to see parts that we’d liked again and in more detail.
From a non-guide-user I’ve become a convert and the Segways – well, we all want one now. I’m not sure you’ll ever see me in a large group on foot listening to too much information that I can’t possibly retain. Although I would certainly recommend and will definitely do another Segway tour to explore a new city more quickly, get my bearings and not be talked at all the time.
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Note: As is industry standard, the author received a media discount on this tour.
Rachel Webb spent her first thirty years in the UK and now, since 1996, lives in Andalucia, Spain. She explores and writes about Spain for others, as well as her own sites.