Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Lost in my backyard - How I decided to take a quick run in my neighborhood

Ducks in the lake Tohloppi
I had a lack of inspiration before writing this anecdote, so I decided to go out and find it. Thus I came across with this paths in the forests. I am sort of lucky for living pretty near to three lakes and to have plenty of forests where to enjoy nature. That is something I really love about Finland since you can discover new paths all the time, as that time when I got lost…
Pathways and falling leaves
I was determined to run 5 kilometers in less than half an hour and I had to choose where to go, so I considered about surrounding Tohloppi Lake. I thought that if I started from Epilänkatu, after encircling the lake I would come back where I began, supposedly…
And I started full of excitement, breathing the fresh air provided by the trees and coming upon with many species of mushrooms along the way. Afterwards I found a small harbor where I stayed just looking to the ducks in the lake and the people who were hanging around.
There are pathways all around the lake
Then I continued with my jogging, following the path but after 10 minutes I realized I had encountered a road (and not the place where I started). I decided go to the left, but after 5 minutes I found a cross street and a feeling of confusion appeared. I asked some people who were waiting for the bus and luckily they spoke English. I was 3 kilometers away from my goal, and it was in the other direction. Never had I ran as fast as that time, since I wanted to arrive home as soon as possible.
Finally, not only did I reach my 5 kilometer goal, but I succeeded in breaking it and reaching 8. And well, Finland has more challenges for me and I am planning to find more paths while the weather allows to do it.
Pier by the beach, people come here all the time during summer
Paola,  Exchange student from Mexico, studying Environmental Engineering at TAMK.

Text: Paola Israde Burrola 
Pictures: Paola Israde Burrola  

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