Escapes: Neighborhood Walk

Escapes: Neighborhood Walk

Laure Joliet
Aug 25, 2008

With Maxwell's recent email about how much just saying 'hello' can change the face of a neighborhood it got us to thinking about our daily walk...

Since we work from home we've realized that it can be too easy to forget to leave the house, let alone remember that we love to be social. Whole days have gone by and we've only seen the boyfriend.

Except for our walks.

Living in LA it's easy to forget to walk anywhere. Living in Venice, a walkable place, we try to take advantage of it and walk every day either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day in the late afternoon when the light is right. In 15 minutes we can make it to the beach and just space out and look at all the pretty colors and listen to all the beachy sounds and leave the trivial day-today-chaos slip away. Most of the time we run into someone we know and have a friendly chat. We say hello as we pass strangers and we notice when people have added plants to the garden or when new people are moving in. It gives us a sense of belonging, a sense of community and it fills us with new energy.

When we return home 45 minutes later, we've been transformed by the escape into the neighborhood.

Do you take the time to walk around the neighborhood? Do you know your neighbors by name?

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