Walking my way across Southeast Asia little piece by piece…
I end up walking each day with the camera whether I see a thing or not that captures my fancy or makes me laugh or cry. I’ve walked cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong and then so many in Vietnam and now Cambodia. It used to be about the steps themselves. I would measure the steps in California and get a walk of so long in with the music going on my phone. On Fridays it was a longer walk and then some beer and a few movies and a pizza or something. But it was always the walking folks. The walking was key and its changed as I have. When in cities with so much to see the walking is the only way I see things. I will walk with the camera for sometimes 5 or 7 hours in a day. Stopping for water bottles. Sitting under an awning in Saigon when it rained. Talking with a Cambodian storekeeper when the sun was hot and I was sweating.
Its always been the walking though and its dawned on me how its changed my life. Now I do not feel good each day without it. Miss a day and I am out of sorts, less than positive, extremely unhappy. So I try to not miss a day. Each day a pedometer app still counts my steps and tells me the miles. I get about 5 to 7 miles in each day. And it goes on and on. Sometimes like here in Sihanoukville there is not a city to see so I walk the distances more. Other times like Tokyo or Hong Kong there is a sprawling city to capture me. The turns left and right matter not as I go. I may not see a thing others do but perhaps I see things they do not.
Down sleepy little streets in Shinjuku is value just like the alleys in Hanoi. Tour buses cannot make it there so you see a reality that is so different. I’ve considered a few times the walking way and what its meant to me. How its evolved from the GPS and distance to now seeing a city and not measuring so much but knowing as the day goes on I have done what I needed. The camera captures things I find. Not all instagram moments or tweets of the day. Silent little things which remind me of the walks and the moments therein.
How do you see your cities and places? Mine are a step at a time.
And I like it that way.