So I just walked around 65 blocks in Manhattan. It might have been a little more. I know that I’m well over my 10,000 steps daily goal per my FitBit, so I’m feeling pretty good.
For a February day, the weather in Manhattan is quite acceptable today. It’s partly sunny with a temperature around 42F. There are quite a few people lumbering around bundled up like they’re ready for the next Ice Age. I walked around in my leather jacket without a hat or gloves. I was not uncomfortable. The accompanying scarf was more stylish than functional.
As I hiked up to the Upper West Side I found myself feeling much like I did as I walked around Dublin back in 2007; my thoughts floated in a happy direction and my soul soared a bit. I find that I enjoy New York much more when I’m away from the tourists milling around Times Square and the like.
I should go out for a walk more often.
Avoiding tourists is always a good thing. Always.
I did find the tourists to be quite stifling. When we travel I actually have little interest in the touristy stuff, though I do like seeing some of the tourist sites. I’m more interested in just seeing how folks in other parts of the world live on a day to day basis. That is absolutely fascinating to me. I couldn’t care less about the fanny pack crowd bumbling around Times Square and the like. A lot of that is because folks seem to leave whatever manners they have at home instead of bringing them along on a trip. They also seem to forget any IQ points they might have that would bring their rating to a 3-digit level.