I’ve developed a habit…

Streets of Helsinki at night, FinlandStreets of Helsinki at night, FinlandStreets of Helsinki at night, Finland
I’ve developed a habit lately; a habit of walking in the evenings and on weekends, completely devoid of any purpose or plan. Choosing a direction based on a strange pulling feeling on the one side if your body, or on the basis of which set of traffic lights are green.

I suppose I used to do something similar back in Jhb – except that it involved driving and not walking and it was so nowhere near as pleasurable. I love how walking allows your eyes, in fact all your sensory organs, to take in information at the speed that evolution intended.

There are times while I’m walking when I feel there is a strange magnetic-like force that is preventing me from turning around and heading home. There are times when just as I come home, keys in hand, I decided to keep going “for just one more block” which turns into four. Or fourteen. Or forty.

Tonight I am in Helsinki, Finland, and these are three street shots from two-hour stroll this evening. What a contrast to the streets of Manhattan that I have been walking the past 6 weeks. They are mostly empty by midnight here, sort of like Johannesburg,but without the threat of menace in the air.

2 thoughts on “I’ve developed a habit…”

  1. Those are beautiful pictures. How did you get into this habit? I used to do something similar, but I always found it difficult to not know where I’m going, or when I would be returning. It sounds like a liberating and calming experience. I hope you keep up with this habit and let it affect your life positively.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I guess I find it so liberating for two reasons – one is that I never had the freedom to do this in joburg and I also think that maybe it’s just encoded in my European DNA. I never stress about not knowing where I’m going because I always know that finding my way back will be easy even if isn’t on foot, but by cab or subway

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