One of the things that I loved about Germans is their passion for walking. If you love running/ walking, then you will adore Germany. It was a bit shock to me seeing how people just loved to walk. Nordic walking is quite popular and Volkslauf on the weekends in the forest paths are long part of German culture. Walking is a lifestyle and Wandertags are simply delightful for families,and something that I always look forward to do once given a chance. It makes me smile seeing ‘older’ people walking relentlessly, with their hiking sticks and trekking stuffs. They are so active, so full of life. No matter what the weather is,they are out there, walking. Just don’t walk on their cycling paths, it’s a different story!
Since the time that we’ve moved here, there’s never a day that we didn’t take a walk. Minus the days that the weather is so gloomy and grey. Even if it’s just in the neighborhood to calm the cranky toddler. Aside from the usual weekend strolls we always paved to post-dinner walks. I got used to seeing that it’s still bright at 8pm, still nice to be out. Working hours is less stressful compared to Kuwait so I find it perfect to have quality time with family even after work.
Another reason to be out walking is to see the beauty after it rained. Lately these are the treasures I find while roaming around.
Coming from the Middle East that most people shun the sight of sun because it’s too hot to leisurely walk outside, especially from summer months of April~October, walking is not a norm. The soles of your shoes will soon fall out!
Let alone that footpaths are not a norm nor cycling paths. In the PH, either you walk while you drenched in sweat because of humidity or you just wanna kill time. Either way, walking is something of a personal choice.It’s something that you do because you need to do it, not because you enjoy doing it.
What I like about Wandertags is the access of finding the Beauty along the Way. Calling it rather as your subconscious exploration , or whatever. Have you noticed how your thoughts wander while you walk? There’s so much beauty of nature for me to appreciate. I am always amazed. I never get too tired to gaze upon it.
This is why I love how Johanna shares her “Monday Walk” adventures . Walking alone is rejuvenating if you crave peace & quiet but walking with company is even more exciting. Have you tried finding inner peace while walking & roaming just like RestlessJo ‘s passion?
I was even more motivated to follow this path knowing that it brings good to your soul. There’s something about walking and discovering beauty in all its forms in any way. Just like the way Annette of Beauty Along The Road ‘s approach to life, savoring life’s simple pleasures.
I wouldn’t discover these if I had not taken the guts to walk, sweat out & explore by having the right attitude. I am glad that in these exploration, I was able to freeze the moment where nature just magically display its splendor. I’m glad my iPhone is always handy to take photos of these sights.I called them iSights.
In the end, I said to myself, that I don’t really have the right to complain about life. There’s so much goodness in it. So much beauty. Along the Way.
What’s your opinion about walking? Do you like it?
Tell me how you find it as more than a form of exercise. I’m looking forward to hear your own stories if you have.
Thank you for reading my friends and Happy Walking!