Like many others I commute by tube and train but while the network is pretty widespread you still have get to and from stations, and for me that means walking.
Most days it feels too long, the commute to and fro eating up precious time. After O'Docker's post I fired up Google Earth and used their polygon tool to measure the distances and over a month it adds up to about 100 miles on foot.
But you get to see the city, if only a small part. You see the seasons change, buildings come - and go, faces from around the world, hear languages you can only guess at, lovers, fights, foxes, runners, police constables, and shoppers. You have time to see the small things and imagine what life would have been like hundreds of years ago.
Dickens too walked the streets, endlessly, obsessively. Maybe that's where some of his books came from.
For me its also a good proving ground for blog posts, bubbling from the subconscious up to where the words can be polished into sentences.
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