Even though it was cold and cloudy in Seoul yesterday, it wasn’t windy, so I put on my warm weather gear, which made being outside pleasant. I walked from where I live in Imundong to Dongdaemun, which took me three or four hours. (I didn’t keep track of the time.) I know people who can walk that distance in two hours or less, but I don’t walk fast. Also, on the way, I got a donut at the Krispy Kreme – I couldn’t resist – and I stopped and talked to people too.
I took the first picture of myself I’ve posted here at a small wooded park along the way. (Even though Seoul is one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, it still has many parks.) I took the second picture in front of one of the full-length mirrors in the Dongdaemun subway station right before I got on the train and rode back to Imundong. When I got off the train at Imundong, I walked the fifteen minutes it takes me to get to my apartment, took off my shoes and jacket, collapsed on the couch, and slept like a rock for four hours. (A good walk will do that for you.)
I take long walks in all seasons, even when it snows. When it’s icy, I have a pair of cramp-ons I put on my shoes, but I still have to be careful so I don’t slip and fall. I know a guy who broke his ankle a couple of weeks ago and now he’s on crutches for a couple of months and I’ll do whatever I can to avoid that – short of not walking.
I don’t walk to stay healthy but that’s a benefit of walking, for sure. I find it relaxing to walk and it’s always an adventure and I never know who I’ll run into or what I’ll see. The nice thing about living in Seoul is that no matter which direction I go or how far I walk, I can always catch a bus or take the subway to get back home.