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the long walk

26 May, 2014

I like to walk.  A lot.

On 26 May 2012, The Husband and I went for a walk.

We walked nearly 28,000 steps that day.  And that day has earned not only the “most steps in one day” badge, as determined by FitBit*, but also whatever sort of badge they give out for being one of the happiest days of my life.

Spring is typically talked about as a time of renewal and beauty, and spring in Poland is exceptionally beautiful.  Our walk took us north of our apartment in Mokotow to some of the best street art in Warsaw, past that to the Pigeon Market along the banks of the Visla River, then further west to Praga, and finally to the southernmost part of the city, and one of Warsaw’s gems, Park Wilanowski.

We had lunch at a café there, walked around some more, and rented a row boat to explore the places we couldn’t walk to.

a family of swans on Wilanowski Lake

a family of swans on Wilanowski Lake

 

I often have moments where I’m awestruck by the beauty of the world around me, but days when those moments pile up are rare.  Two years later, I still feel the crushing weight of the beauty of that day, as well as the ache in my feet from miles of contact with my shoes.

I still walk a lot, and sometimes I feel like I’m going on a walk to collect beauty. **  I doubt I’ll ever get my fill quite like I did that day, but having something like this to reminisce about is almost as good.

 

 

 

* If you use FitBit and want to be my friend, drop me a line.  I love having more competition there!

** If you haven’t read Roald Dahl’s Boy: Tales from Childhood, you should.  We could all learn a thing or two from beauty walks.

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