Thursday, March 21, 2013
I reckon generally you can't generalize yet I think that generally in Europe people walk much more than in Australia. Walking trough town to the shops, or going on a traditional Sunday afternoon walk, or walking to see your friends. Generally things are close together. Where we used to live in the South of Germany it was a 10 min walk to "down town" (it wasn't a big city after all) or 10 min the other direction to the major supermarkets.... sometimes I wouldn't drive the car in weeks, just wrap up the kids and go walking.
Well, generally in Australia you don't do it... well, simply because you can't... everything is spread out and just plain a long distance away (it takes me more than an hour to walk to "down town" Albany, I did try once), so you just hop in the car and do your errands. The thing is, that one gets so used to "just hop in the car" that many don't even consider walking. We have a friend living 100m walk away, and he took the car the other day, okay it was raining. I have two friends living within a kilometer away, and they always take their cars when they visit us.
And I start doing the same.... "aohh, it's too much a bother to walk with the boys"... "It's too far" "it's so much easier just to take the car"... I feel like loosing my German mindset of "I just quickly walk there" and I grieve it!!!
So today I parked the car in one spot in town and did my errands on foot and it was great just to do it the European way again.