As I walked home from the train station and the grocery store today, I couldn’t help but think of what a difference 1 mile seems between here, Davis, and Camarillo.
In Camarillo, we drive one mile down to the grocery store all the time. We drive the two miles to RM down Central Ave. We drive across the 101 to get to Target and the outlet malls.
In Davis, I drove one mile to get to Safeway. I biked multiple miles to and around campus each day. I biked or walked the few blocks to get to downtown from my apartment.
In Elwood, I walk everywhere. I walk a little over a mile to go to the grocery store. We walk a mile to get to the train station to take public transportation to practice or to the city or to anywhere else.
It’s funny to me how different areas have the ability to dictate different modes of transportation. Perhaps at home or in Davis, I would now be more inclined to do a backpack walk to the grocery store and back, because I have no other option of transportation to buy food while I am here. Also, the 10 minute bike to practice every day in Davis and 10 minute drive to Rio Mesa for high school don’t seem like such a big deal, as it takes me 20 minutes to walk to the train station to even begin my journey to practice or to work.
Melbourne and Elwood have definitely opened my eyes a bit. Isn’t that what traveling is all about? 🙂
Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: flat white. Meaning a coffee with hot milk in it. Usage: a flat white is a delicious alternative to a long black if you don’t like straight coffee.