But back to learning things for a moment. When I think about why I do these walks, as I do most days, I realise that learning new things and new ways are partly both reason and the result. As we age, we tend to become more fixed in our ways. This is one way I can challenge myself to let go of some of my fixed ideas. And now, on to the day itself...
I set out about 0700 this morning, quietly slipping out of the Convento Cappuccini so as not to wake the Padris. I was grateful that it was cloudy again, as it kept the heat down to about 22 or 23 degrees, and considering the entire walk today was in pavement, it could have been very hot if the sun was direct. The views were spectacular, the terrain is steep and semi-tropical so it is very lush and green. The birds sing non-stop and the air is highly fragrant with flowers. Actually, everything here seems to smell good, even the sweaty cyclists who pass me smell of perfume. I could still see the sea at a distance and the breeze from it was completely welcome. This area feels like a paradise to me; it has everything I like and good coffee as well.
Sculpture at the Granite Yard in Pietresanta
But for now, to the sea!