feet made for walking

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So, A., he asks. What is your favourite thing to do, when you are traveling ? To which I reply, easy as breathing, walking.

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I clocked in 20 kilometers today, 18 yesterday. My feet are starting to feel like a sort of mush. My knee, surprisingly, is doing well.

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The thing about walking is that it creates space, expands time into slowness. It gives room for sight and smells and hearing; for detours. For wind in your hair and sweat down your back where your backpack sticks to your shirt.

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I ate my first nectarines of the season and it felt sacred, almost, the return of both the fruit and the Summer. I went inside all of the bookshops that I stumbled upon, dreamt about the books I would read if I could, the smell of old wood and shelves, fingers brushing along chapbooks and zines. I walked down 24th street four more blocks than originally planned because there were murals one after the other and tiny holes-in-the-walls where everything is written in Spanish first, and then, and only maybe, in English.

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One thing that works really well for me, she says, when my feet ache, is rolling a tennis ball with my soles. And so I am passing it on, in case you like walking too.

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