Friday was a PP Day 🙂
Daily Weight Loss: +0.2 lb/0.10 kg
Total Weight Loss: 91.8 lb/41.71 kg
Stubborn last 10 pounds… LOL
I have Friday’s off and typically try to get out of the house early. I got out the door about 845, which is late for me, given that I’m up before 6. The sun is up very early here, around 530 a.m., and I’m a “be awake while the sun is up” kinda girl!
I took the city bus and finally found West Lake (by bus, that is… I’ve been there many times by taxi). My plan was to map out a running track for a guest blog post that I’m doing in July over at A Good Run.
I ended up meandering through some beautiful pathways, not really running safe, though. Which was fine. Because after the week I’ve had, I needed some serenity and I got it! You’ll see that in the pictures below.
After about a one hour walk, I found a Starbucks I didn’t know about, tucked in the trees next to the lake! I wasn’t planning on stopping there, my plan had been to hike about another 1/2 mile to the NE tip of the lake and have a coffee at that Starbucks. But I was drawn by the veranda overhanging the lake, so in I went.
Ordered a Venti Iced Latte w/Skim and headed up the winding stairs to the balcony. As I approached I noticed 3 local people sitting out there. As I opened the door an older man says, with a huge smile on his face, “We’ve been waiting for you all morning!”. At first I was surprised at his English, but managed to say immediately, “Well I’m glad you saved a seat for me!”.
It is challenging, dear readers, to live in a country where you do not know the language and a good deal of the people don’t know yours. I have what I call “China Moments”… not said in a positive light, LOL. But this was a wonderful China Moment. We sat and chatted, the 4 of us, for over an hour. The older man was quite a character, teasing us. What was amazing is that no one knew each other before walking on that balcony!
I needed that moment and God and the universe knew that. I really, really needed it. Funny how things work like that 🙂
Here’s a sampling of the beauty I saw along the way…
After finishing my walk, I took the bus to Kira’s to hang for a while… okay, well for a long time, LOL. But worth it. She’s moving back to the States on Wednesday and I’m going to miss her and Soren and Dan and Helena… a lot. I won’t miss their cat, Brooklyn, AKA “Tits”, because he’s moving in with me. I’ll have a wee piece of them here with me as a remembrance 🙂
Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with onions & garlic (I know, don’t fall off your chairs… ALERT! Sandi didn’t have tea eggs for brekkies!) Thanks for the idea Mel 🙂
Lunch: 2 tea eggs and 2 ounces of Edam
Dinner: 1/2 broiled chicken and grilled onions
Snack: pot of FF yogurt with bran and Splenda
2.76 mile walk along West Lake in morning
3.38 mile walk home from Kira’s in the evening
So glad you had a nice walk and chat after a bad week! Hope you have a great week coming up!
Thanks! I think it’ll be a great week!
Like I said, something good always comes along. Loved the scenic tour. And did you walk across the wooden Bridge? See You soon.
No wooden bridges on this walk 🙂
Nice to find some unexpected serenity Sandi….and a cat!
It was a lovely walk, Anna. Much needed 🙂
The photo of the little lake looks like it is out of a magazine – perfect.
What a lovely compliment, thank you 🙂
Just a beautiful walk; how fun that you met such welcoming people with which to spend some time. The universe has a way of putting just what we need right in our path; we only have to recognize it. Cheers!
You are absolutely right, MJ! I’m glad I recognized it 🙂
beautiful photos and I love how that happens- when people are in the right place at the right time!
Thanks, Sara… it was a wonderful experience!