Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To “Walk” or "Walk”

I’m so spoiled to be able to drive wherever I want to go.  
I park close enough to have no more than a 3-minute walk to my destination.  
In most European countries, you would have to pay high prices for a taxi service similar to what I do.  
For the most part, everyone takes public transportation or walks.

I like to walk.  
I don't walk fast while I’m window shopping, taking in the sights or using my camera.  
Typically, you can count on me being at the end of a tour group.  
I can’t help it; I want my money’s worth.  

If I have questions, I want them answered and when I want to take a photo, I take enough until I’m satisfied.  
Who knows when I’ll be able to get back to the same spot in a city I’m not familiar with?

I think having some time to soak in the atmosphere is just as important as seeing the façade of the 15th cathedral, or looking up at the back end of a Christopher Columbus statue.   

Even though I like to walk, you can surmise from my hip size, that I don’t “exercise” when I walk.  
That being said, Europeans “exercise” when they walk.  
They are half my size, and it takes less than half the time for them to walk the same distance I do on a good day.

Case in point...
Will and I went to the Madrid hotel’s front desk, to get accurate directions to the Plaza Mayor.  The directions were simple.  

The desk clerk said, “It takes about 10 minutes to get there.”  

I said, “Is that 10 minutes fast walking, or slow walking?”  

The clerk replied, “Well for me to get to work from there to here, it takes me 7 minutes.  For you madam, it should take about 20.” 

He was right; it took us 20 minutes to get there.

I always appreciate an honest answer, even if it’s a slam.

Here's to walking and seeing the world.  I'd love to hear about your walking adventures.  Email me at aitken.helen@gmail.com.

Have a sunny day.

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