There are so many applications and software programs out there to help us track our workouts, calories, and pretty much everything in between. One of the things on my “to-do” list was to take a walk downtown. I know it sounds silly, but in the two year’s since I’ve moved here I’ve never given myself the time to walk downtown and explore. I’m about 5 blocks away from city hall and downtown, but never felt comfortable going alone.

Here’s what I discovered on my walk:

  • There’s a Dunkin Donuts and a Honey Dew Donut Shop down the street, across from each other
  • There’s a bunch of sit down and take out restaurants
  • A few cafe’s
  • A park behind city hall, which I knew was there, but never realized how close

Now that I know there’s food closer to me, I will have to resist!

I also met a girl named Francesca, who is working with Planned Parenthood on a grassroots effort to educate the public about new laws that officials are trying to pass down south that will make it harder for women to have access to facilities that provide STD screenings, birth control, annual screenings and yes, abortions. As a supporter of Planned Parenthood- it is more than an abortion clinic, I stopped and talked with her. I already donate to the organization and had no intention of doing so again today, but I know how hard cold calling can be, and I’m sure this is a similar pain. She’s 19 and was scheduled for a 5-hour shift. I bought her an ice coffee from the Dunkin I discovered.

After an hour of walking around and seeing what I could see on foot, I headed home. Straight to my computer, I searched for a software to map what I had walked. I found Map my Walk, very fitting. The computer version allows you to draw your map out, which is really easy. The cell phone application tracks you like a GPS. I created an account with my Facebook profile and got started on today’s walk.

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Not too shabby if you ask me. And one thing to pull off the wall of things to accomplish this vacation. Here are some things I saw on my walk too!

This brings me to Day 18 of #100HappyDays: I love adventures. I’m big into sword fights, but obviously there are no pirates in Worcester, so I left my sword at home. I was armed with my cell phone camera though and a large ice coffee. Today’s adventure helped me see things that have been there all along, but I’ve never noticed.

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❤ Cristina

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