Sunday, September 29, 2013
These Boots were made for Walking
I bought two pairs of ankle boots before I left Cape Town, thinking that made me ultra-prepared for Kiev. However, boots for mall-walking and boots for road-walking are not the same thing as I am discovering. And boots for snow walking is something else entirely. I don't want to give up my morning walk so I guess that means some serious boots made for walking shopping is on the cards.
Admission of guilt: After the first night walking home, I decided my reward for a hard day's work each day is to take a taxi home.
Last Saturday I met a friend who took me to explore the city centre of Kiev. I experienced the underground rail system for the first time. Terrifying. People who all moved purposefully knowing where they were going, crowds of them, all hemming you in and suffocating you. And then there were the escalators, so long, steep, a vertical drop to the centre of the Earth, moving far faster than any escalator I'd ever experienced, and the holding on part didn't move at the same speed as the steps part. Scary. As someone who is not good with heights and escalators in general, this was a time to dig deep and face my fears. My friend was supportive, standing in front of me so I couldn't see the drop, letting me babble on incoherently so that I could distract myself. Somehow, I don't think I am ever going to be able to travel on the metro underground by myself.
We walked and walked searching for The Chocolate House which did not sell chocolate as we discovered, but held an interesting abstract art exhibition and was the venue for a couple of weddings we gatecrashed. The rain came down in buckets and we were drenched, droplets of rain dripping down from the ends of our noses as we took temporary refuge in telephone boxes. My gym trainers are not waterproof as I have discovered. Maybe because they are meant for indoor use and it goes without saying that it never rains inside a gym.
Next weekend I think I'll do some boots shopping. Apparently there is something you can put under your boots to stop you from slipping in the snow. I need to get that and a woolly hat and maybe a scarf or two. I already have a balaclava and ear muffs from my visit to Siberia several years ago.
Time to have another coffee!
Cindy Vine is the author of Not Telling, Defective and C U @ 8, all available on Amazon in paperback and kindle.