…if you have the time.
Terence likes this expression, and I am turning it literal this year. Fridays are my big walking day since Margaret is in school until 1:30 PM. Today I went from our apartment to the Old City, through the Christian and Muslim Quarters and out the Lion’s Gate. That probably took an hour or more. Then I hiked up the Mount of Olives. Even Lonely Planet calls this walk “arduous,” and I was the only pedestrian in sight on the way up. (I saw a couple of college kids on the way down). Giant tour buses belched smoke in my face and taxi drivers looked confused when I declined a lift. Here was the money view from the top:
Why am I doing such “extreme walking”? Being my own transportation satisfies my craving for self sufficiency. It’s fun to get exercise that way. It’s a relief to be able to move at my own pace without children or shopping bags hanging off me. And it’s an interesting novelty to be inefficient. In my “real life,” the limiting factor is always time. Here it is money and energy and tolerance for the heat and sun (mine turns out to be better than I expected). I love that I can choose to do things the interesting way, not the fast way, at least for now.