I had a lack of inspiration before writing this anecdote, so I decided to go out and find it. Thus I came across with this paths in the forests. I am sort of lucky for living pretty near to three lakes and to have plenty of forests where to enjoy nature. That is something I really love about Finland since you can discover new paths all the time, as that time when I got lost…
I was determined to run 5 kilometers in less than half an hour and I had to choose where to go, so I considered about surrounding Tohloppi Lake. I thought that if I started from Epilänkatu, after encircling the lake I would come back where I began, supposedly…
And I started full of excitement, breathing the fresh air provided by the trees and coming upon with many species of mushrooms along the way. Afterwards I found a small harbor where I stayed just looking to the ducks in the lake and the people who were hanging around.
Then I continued with my jogging, following the path but after 10 minutes I realized I had encountered a road (and not the place where I started). I decided go to the left, but after 5 minutes I found a cross street and a feeling of confusion appeared. I asked some people who were waiting for the bus and luckily they spoke English. I was 3 kilometers away from my goal, and it was in the other direction. Never had I ran as fast as that time, since I wanted to arrive home as soon as possible.
Finally, not only did I reach my 5 kilometer goal, but I succeeded in breaking it and reaching 8. And well, Finland has more challenges for me and I am planning to find more paths while the weather allows to do it.
Text: Paola Israde Burrola, Exchange student from Mexico, studying Environmental Engineering at TAMK.
Pictures: Paola Israde Burrola