If you live in the same city for a while, you start to know it too well. You have trouble exploring. After all, how can you find something new when you’ve already found everything? To make it worse, you know the most efficient way to get everywhere, so you rarely have to try a new way or take a wrong turn.
I don’t know everything about Budapest. I haven’t been everywhere, and I haven’t seen all there is to see. Plus, even if I had, things change so there’s always something new to find. But, I tend to have to go farther and farther away to find areas that I’m not familiar with. It’s hard to find the motivation to do that when I live and study right in the middle of some really cool neighborhoods.
So, in the spirit of my Innovation class (which only has a small amount of homework – you’ll understand this reference if you keep reading), I decided to innovate my exploring. I bought a longboard.
Suddenly, I can go farther at much faster speeds. I just explored a big park that I’ve been to a bunch of times, but this time I saw more than ever before. Instead of thinking, “no, that way looks like a long walk to nothing, I’m not going to bother,” I found myself just taking it and finally seeing what was at the other end.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to explore as much as I would like. The gods of school seem to frown upon fun, and they took this opportunity to send unprecedented lightning bolts of homework. Also, my body is struggling to keep up with the new muscles needed to travel this way. It seems they’re slightly different than the “metro riding muscles.” Shocking.
If anyone knows of places with long, smooth sidewalks or roads, let me know! I’ll check them out.
Hungarian word of the day:
I don’t feel the need to translate this for you. It seems that it’s a new enough concept that the Hungarian language didn’t find it necessary to make a new word. But, if it makes you feel better, “skateboard” is “gördeszka.”