That’s the number of miles from here to there. Anybody know what the here is and what the there is? I don’t have big-time hints. Give it a shot and see if you can grok it. Its about 5136 to another place. Finally, its 8434 from here to yet another place. Google just may be your friend.
I mention this because miles are not so far and memories traverse the distance much quicker than the fastest plane. With a memory one can move the distance in a moment and recapture the joy and intrigue, the fun and mystery, the wonder and beauty. Each of my mystery areas has all of them. In a brief moment, I find the way to re-connect the distances and I can fly far and fast. Lets take the first one. I’ll give you some more hints.
8624 – the distance may seem amazing but what’s more so is what you will see when you get there. Once having gone there you will always be struck by the wonder, beauty, and sometimes the strangeness of the place. The sunsets would glow red and orange and green and you could feel the moody sense set in. The mystery of the city coming alive in the mornings. Buses and cars all moving about. Amazing!
5136 – these miles go quick and you can go from here to there and when you land, you know that its a land of mystique. A dutch mixture of old and new sometimes within city blocks. I’ve had the joy of walking the city a few times. As I’ve mentioned before, walking here is the only real way to see the place. You can get on really fast trains and go in many directions or you can get on a subway and go to huge shopping centers which completely change at night. You can see huge malls which go up and down floors.
8434 – a place of a multitude of joys. Food, fun, things to see. You can find places that sell so many different foods on street corners and sit on an evening and drink a beer or three and watch the evening descend. I enjoyed many an evening there. I sometimes would meet a friend there and often we met there more than here.
Two of the places I have journeyed on foot. The paths met my senses in a delicious whirl of fancy and truth. Now try this one.
7419 – a pretty cool place on a pretty cool continent with a bridge that is called coat hangar. Food bazaars and malls and city streets made for walking. There is a North and a not North. Business towers scramble to the sky and you remember that these folks like to have fun. Walking there is liberating and you can see everything from a botanical garden to historic districts to quiet little streets with homes all stretching their front lawns to the quiet roads.
All of this makes me yearn for the road. It makes the memories come tumbling down into their places and I can carefully blend the places together and come up with the places I want to go still. But I’ve been fortunate. I’ve perhaps walked streets that none of you have and felt the sun touch my face in a technology garden in 5136. Small food stalls have tempted me in 8434.
Its the travel though and not the arriving. Its the walking in each place I have ventured forth in. I’ve blogged before my style is to set out each day with a day pack, a map, perhaps my Nexus 7 loaded with Google Maps, and a Lonely Planet or other guide. I take notes and since 2009 pictures. I’ve loaded the Google+ photos place with my travelogues.
Its been a rich and worthy time. Its your turn now to find each place.