As I entered week 2 of the Mood, Movement, and Mediterranean Diet program it became apparent that walking will be my best friend as it is a huge part of completing my projects. I mean, this project is literally called “Walking Barcelona!” First, I was assigned to walk a predetermined route precisely, no shortcuts or detours, and had to stop at the locations given to us. Even with a structured route I still found us getting a bit lost, but then I would be surprised when the location we were standing at while trying to get our bearings was actually where we were supposed to be. It goes to show that having a carefully constructed plan can still lead to going off-path, which can also lead to discovery.
The second session had us in pairs instead of large groups and it was semi-structured. I was to explore my area around a circle drawn on the map. It did not matter which streets I chose, as long as they were near the circle. I found this structure to be more relaxed because not only did I have more control over what route to choose, but I also had only one person with me instead of multiple. I was able to take in what was around me and explore hidden areas since there was not a strict direction to follow. I have been modeling my life like this more often, having a general direction but allowing myself to explore other options.