Winding side streets, tree lines boulevards, temples tucked in hidden corners, streams running along lantern lit roads, everything combines to create a picturesque walking scene. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that all the attractions are close enough that it’s hard to justify the subway fare, but just far enough that it’s a reasonable walk. And, as soon as you finish one sight it’s only a tad bit further to walk to the next.
After only four days here, I’m starting to feel all this unplanned exercise. My thighs muscles ache every time I so much as glance at another flight of stairs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I never exercise. I run regularly, I love hiking, I’m pretty outdoorsy. But something about all of the whimsical strolling I’ve been doing recently is taking it’s toll. So, when I warned my family that there was going to be a lot of walking in Nara (where we’re heading today), rather than their enthused response, what I was really hoping for is “oh, we’ll take it easy then.” No such luck.