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Traveling With Your Senses
September 8th, 2010

I know that my last post indicated that this next post would be about my active challenge. However, I’m still perfecting that, so I thought I’d add this post while I finish up my challenge ideas. This came as pure inspiration from my dog – which I guess is a step up from inspiration from my bathtub, which was the last post. Enjoy! Every time I take my dog for a walk, it takes it takes 15 minutes to go two blocks because she’s sniffing every pole, stopping to stand guard at any noise and watching every person that passes with supreme interest/fear. coque samsung galaxy a3 While this can get repetitive on a daily walk to the park, in reality she’s doing what most of us forget to do regularly – making full use of her senses.

I often watch her wondering what it would be like if I had her acute senses of hearing and smell, and her vigilant vision. On an average commute to work, this might be sensory overload. cover custodia case iphone 11 Y6972 d gray man wallpaper 13sB3 On the other hand, this could transform the way I travel – assuming that the majority of sights, sounds, smells and tastes are those that I want to experience. cover custodia case iphone 11 N1215 shingeki no kyojin wallpaper 57dO3 If I was able to use my senses as keenly as she is, I might be able to understand destinations on a much deeper level. coque iphone xr Take Paris, for example. Sit in the Tuilleries Gardens and listen to the French being spoken in every direction. Don’t try to interpret, just listen and let it surround you. Relax at a cafe and smell the freshly baked bread, sip a cup of coffee and watch the Parisians bustle about their daily lives. Feel the sun beat down on you as you walk along the banks of the Seine. More than the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Champs Elysees combined, these sensory experiences allow one to fully take in Paris. cover custodia case iphone 11 E0534 umineko wallpaper 66hX8

Why is this? Think abut your home city. boutique en ligne nike Here in Philadelphia, I walk past the Liberty Bell several times a week. fjallraven kanken big backpack brown I’ve seen people run up the “Rocky Steps” more times that I care to count (sorry Rocky!). vente en ligne asics ox red and royal blue fjallraven kanken backpack mini What makes me feel Philadelphia is sitting in Washington Square Park watching people picnic with their loved ones, taking a walk along the river while runners and bicyclists wizz by, sipping a margarita outside at my favorite Mexican Restaurant (yes, Mexican, not cheesesteak). Once you’ve been somewhere for a while, you tend to virtually forget about the big landmarks. vente en ligne nike Instead, you focus on how a city feels, looks, sounds, smells and tastes. That’s what truly distinguishes the city from any other and what lets you experience it on a level other than obvious tourist. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Infinity War Avenger Poster Z7065 Case To me, that’s one of the primary reasons for traveling – to truly feel part of the destination. There are several easy ways to start traveling more with your senses. If you’ve ever meditated, you may be familiar with the first. Closer your eyes. monogatari shinobu custodia iphone x tyui15419 Yes, you are blocking out the sense of sight and I realize that seems counter-intuitive, but you are enabling yourself to better observe the other senses. Pick one sense and focus on it. See what you notice. Spend a few minutes this way. chaussures nike en solde persona 3 portable custodia iphone x tyui4753 Repeat this with your other senses throughout your trip. ox red fjallraven kanken backpack big As you learn to isolate each sense, you’ll probably become more aware of it in your every day actions. Basically, you are fine tuning your senses. Custodia Cover iphone 11 pro max Call Of Duty Modern Warfare O7419 Case

Another option is to record your sensory observations. fjallraven kanken classic backpack graphite Keep a small notepad with you and when something piques your interest, write it down. fjallraven kanken no 2 backpack green It could be the aromas at a local restaurant, the sound of cathedral bells ringing in the square, the taste of a deep red wine at dinner. coque iphone 12 mini graphite fjallraven kanken backpack classic It’s a rather well-known phenomenon that when you have to put something in writing, you pay more attention to it (remember that diet where you had to write down everything you ate?). After a day or two of recording, you’ll most likely notice that your senses seem more acute, even when you aren’t recording them. custodia cover iphone 11 12 mini pro max deadpool yellow suit b0573 Since I like to practice what I preach, here are a few of my favorite sensory experiences from traveling:

  • Watching the steam rise from warm roasted chestnuts being sold on the street in Slovenia in on a chilly November day, and smelling the sweet aroma as the wind carries it those passing by.
  • The sight of the local food vendors setting up their stalls along the narrow streets of Split before the rest of the city is awake, and the smell of the fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and fish mixing together in the empty streets.
  • Stepping out of my A-frame in Botswana, being greeted by the sun rising over the Chobe river and shining through the trees, as a warthog quietly grazes on the lawn outside of my patio.

And with those nostalgic thoughts, have a wonderful, sensory-filled weekend and if you’re lucky enough to be traveling right now…

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