Before I write anything else, I just want to talk a little about previous post. That was the most wonderful day I’ve ever had in the blogosphere, and I’ll probably never experience anything like it again. I wrote it on a whim. Didn’t expect anyone to really read it because I thought almost everyone had left by now, and then I got all those kind, wonderfully heart-warming comments. I’ll treasure that post forever.
Hubby is in France so I’ve been leading single life for almost three weeks. He’ll be back on Wednesday. Just like last time he was away, I had made plans to take long walks almost every day. Walking is good for the mind and also if you want to lose a few kilos. I’m fortunate that way — it doesn’t take much exercise to lose weight. But likewise, like last time, the weather didn’t co-operate much. That isn’t really to be expected this time of year. I have been out a great deal though.
One of the first days, I went uptown. Here in Saint John, the down-town area is called “Uptown”. The weather was glorious and as I was walking down, I saw that there was one cruise ship in the harbour. A biggie! As I got further down, I saw that there were two more! It was a three-cruise ship-day … the cruise ship season always speeds up in the Autumn. The city was so crowded it was unbelievable. I couldn’t get all three in one picture but I took these with the iPhone. As the weather was so warm and nice, they were all out walking so it was really elbow to elbow. I think I heard on the news that all these three, together, meant 7,000 people. That’s a lot in this little city.
One thing really intrigued me though … There are two shopping centres in town; Market Square and Brunswick Square. The latter is the larger of them … with big, open spaces, and escalators — just like shopping centres are all over the western world. This day, when I walked in Brunswick Square, there were probably hundreds of young people from the cruise ships, sitting on the floors, with their iPads, netbooks, iPhones or whatever devices they had. Intriguing to me, because if I, against all odds, were to go on a cruise, I don’t think I’d go to the shopping centre and sit on the floor with my internet device. We’re all different and that’s a good thing. A friend of ours used to give guided tours of Quebec City when the cruise ships came in. She told me many people used to ask her where Walmart was, and stuff like that.
Either way, it was a nice day uptown, and there was this purse, in a store, calling out to me … «Bring me home!» Couldn’t get that out of my mind, so I had to go back for it the following day. It’s lovely … the leather is so soft, it’s like those proverbial kid gloves.
What made all this walking a little more fun than usual, was that I’d installed an app on the iPhone called MapMyWalk. It’s basically just a GPS-tracker, but it’s cool to see how far I’d walked. One day, I went to the park, walked the whole loop and back home again. That turned out to be almost nine kilometres! That day I’d brought the ‘real’ camera too — was almost dying to take some pictures — there’s been very little photography going on lately. It’s my favourite time of year, the leaves have started to change so it was a very pleasant walk.