Wordsworth’s life was shaped by walking. He walked for hours in the rain. He generally composes his verses out of doors. Even at seventy, he climbed Helvellyn, at over three thousand feet the third-highest peak in the Lake District.
Henry David Thoreau – “I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least, and it is commonly more than that, sauntering through the woods, and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
Walking is not mere physical exercise, but is more akin to a spiritual activity. Since walking cannot be seperated from the process of thought, “you must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking.
Never mind counting the cats in Zanzibar, Thoreau says: There is in fact a sort of harmony discoverable between the capabilities of the landscape within a circle of ten miles radius or the limits of an afternoon walk and the threescore years and ten of human life. It will never become quite familiar to you.
In “Walking” Thoreau writes “Two or three hours walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see. A single farmhouse which I had not seen before is sometimes as good as the dominions of the King of Dahomey.
– The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
Where to walk: Singapore Night Festival
Bras Brasah/ Bugis
Getting there: CIRCLE Line, Bras Brasah station
Download walking trail from URA:
Free admission, sponsored by Singapore
What to expect: World class performance, acrobat and light show
When: Starts from 730pm, this weekend and next weekend
Schedule of performance:
If you can’t sleep tonight, no … don’t call me. Come for the 9th edition of the Singapore Night Festival. Walk there.