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run through the rice fields

15 April 2012 3,243 views 7 Comments

First day off from the course. I woke naturally at seven which was nice, and actually such a pleasure to see my bedroom & bathroom by daylight, and then outside, the plants & fields around the property, to see them properly. Quick getting ready (am used to that now!) and I popped out of the gate (didn’t know there was a gate) to the rice fields. I’d been around here when I went to Sari Organic the other evening but I hadn’t seen anything, it being dark.
There’s one path that weaves through the rice fields with the occasional building on either side. It’s a lovely little route and everyone I saw had chirpy ‘hello’s and ‘morning’s which was wonderful. There’s so much green around it’s hypnotising: intense green fields, swaying palms, big-leaved plants, cascades of ferns. It wasn’t too hot and the sun was still low-ish on my way out so there were some long shadows and patches of cool air which I really enjoyed. But still, it was warm so I kept a steady pace, not breaking any records. I liked it most when the concrete path faded away and I was running on a mud or grass track, with all the rain recently it was nice and easy on the joints. About one third of the way between my place and the end of the path there is this beautiful view, only brief, of what looks like the banks of a small ravine going down to what must be a river. The palm trees are piled on top of each other and everything is swaying, plus there are mountains, volcanoes maybe, in the background, it’s just stunning.
The running was good, I enjoyed it way more than I expected to. And I had no music (iPod not playing ball) so it was all about the trickling aqueduct, the movement of the leaves, the chatter along the way, and the padding of the Vibrams. As far as starts to a day off go, I’ll take that…

Previous posts about this trip

London-Bali
Bali
SOSA (17/200): awakening
SOSA (51/200): absorbing

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