A Little Wanderlust.

Here are some of my thoughts and pictures from a long walk I took in Winnipeg, last Saturday.  Hope you enjoy…

~ Carina Spring

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In my last post, I announced that my blog’s technical troubles were finally resolved.  Turns out that my celebrations were, um… premature. Yes, after my gleeful announcement, I joyfully pressed “publish”, and soon realized that the email was not getting delivered to subscribers’ mailboxes.  Every time one problem gets resolved, another one pops up!

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Honestly, autumn has brought a few challenges with it, and not just with my blog.  When I stumbled on these words, yesterday, the mindset struck me as helpful:

“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.  Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.  Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”

~ Jim Rohn

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Anyhow, on Saturday, when I went for a long-overdue haircut, I decided to walk home.  I have been going to the same hairdresser for 15 years.  Her salon is downtown, a fair few kilometres from my home, and in a different neighbourhood.  It was a gorgeous day.  Without thinking much about it, after my haircut, I strolled into the fresh air and started my walk.  It took several hours to get home, though I don’t know exactly how long, because I didn’t pay much attention to the time.

The sun was in my eyes and I carried my big purse over my shoulder, and I felt kind of free: no plans, no car.

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By the time I got home, around 5:00 pm, I’d taken a bunch of snapshots with my cell phone (those are the pictures in today’s post), and I’d accepted a friend’s spontaneous dinner invitation for 6:00 pm.

Hiking, even the urban kind, can be so relaxing. There is something therapeutic about walking by yourself, for hours, like a tourist in your own city.  Now, I feel a vague kind of wanderlust.  Like I want to wander. Everywhere.  Even if it’s only around here.

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When I was in my late teens, I figured life out by running  kilometres and kilometres at a time.  In those runs I found my strength, and I figured out that life was short, and that it all comes down to the present moment.  I think walks like this one are another way for me to better understand life.

Here are a few more snapshots that I took with my cell phone, if you’d like to see what Winnipeg looked like, from my perspective, last Saturday.  It’s a pretty diverse place.

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

13 thoughts on “A Little Wanderlust.”

  1. I totally get what you are saying, Hanna. People who don’t enjoy walking may completely misunderstand why you are doing it. But the walkers among us get it. There is such a sublime, simple joy that walking can bring. Like you, I love all kinds of walking… urban, or in the woods, too. Thanks for the visit! Take care. 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos!
    Walking is one my favorite activities. I live in a place that is very car-centric and not pedestrian friendly, but there are still a few nice streets one can take long walks (though sometimes the sidewalk ends and you have to compete with cars) to some beautiful places. Keep sharing your great photos. I’m hoping to improve my photography skills 🙂

    1. Hello Dorit, nice to connect with a fellow walker! I am very fortunate that Wpg is relatively pedestrian friendly. But there is room for improvement here, too: I was on a walk recently where all the sidewalks were abruptly closed due to construction. It was an extremely busy intersection, and the pedestrian was left with no way to cross, and no direction to go! So strange. I wound up following a group of young ladies (who had clearly dealt with this intersection closure before), and through some of the worst jay-walking I’ve ever done, I managed to get to the other side! Seriously, I wondered – what would a handicapped person do here? For so many reasons, it’s too bad when cities don’t fully consider pedestrians in their planning. Oh well. Anyhow- I’m so glad that you still manage to find some good walks to enjoy. Thanks for the visit and the commemt!

  3. O how I love your country! Thanks Carina for sharing your photographs.
    And, yes, our own perspective goes far towards the positivity/negativity impact on our lives. Chronic illness teaches me that.

    1. Thanks, Faith! I do love Canada and feel so grateful to live here. I am sorry that you have to cope with chronic illness, it can’t be easy. Unfortunately, some things are beyond our control. But it’s awesome that you channel your energy into your creative writing. It’s been a treat to read. :-).

    2. Hi! Sorry, I missed this comment somehow! It must be so tough to live with chronic illness, I can’t imagine. You are an inspiration though, because you find outlets through your writing and blogging, and that seems to me like a positive way of coping with all the challenges, and ups and downs, that must accompany chronic illness. Take good care, Faith. Xo

  4. Beautiful clear blue sky. I was thinking yesterday that whilst technology often disconnects us from better ways of living, using our phones to take photos of everything about us does help us to live more in the moment. So not all bad 🙂 Like your quote. I had a week of ‘challenges’ last, but I grew so much by thinking constructively about them 🙂 Take care xx

    1. I love your attitude – We can grow a lot by “thinking constructively” about the ‘challenges’ that come our way. I like how you phrased it. Yes, there was not a cloud in the sky that day, and actually we’ve had quite a few like that this fall. Yes, I think when it comes to technology (Like phone cameras) there is a real benefit to learning to harness the positive. In many ways, blogging helps us live richer lives, don’t you think? Thanks for the visit, Bekki. Take care!

  5. I’ve always thought I would love to live in Canada and after looking your photos I am more and more sure in this. 🙂

    This is one marvellous post, Carina. 🙂 There are so many things I love:
    I also love walking for hours, no matter where. In the forest, park, city etc. 😀
    The quote is wonderful. I collect great quotes and this one goes to my collection. 🙂
    Your photos are beautiful again and as I said in the beginning, they make me want to live in your country.
    And I love the sculpture.

    In conclusion: I really enjoyed this post. 🙂

    1. Hi Hanna, great to hear from you. Walking feels like such a natural way to explore and exercise, doesn’t it? It’s really one of my favourite activities. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Thanks so much for the visit and the lovely comment. 🙂

      1. Yes, walking is in my opinion the best way to explore and exercise. And I really like walking. Sometimes I must to explain people that it’s not because I want to save money if I walk three hours to somewhere instead of taking a bus, but my love for walking. It has happening many times that my relatives and friends have offer me money because they think I’m to poor to buy the bus ticket. 😀

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