I share tips for inexpensive fun and relaxation with my international students at Conestoga College.
Here’s a list of my recent suggestions to my Technical Communications classes, with a focus on minimal cost recreation. This is also likely of interest to any student at Conestoga, and at the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University.
During the break week, when I’m not teaching, I share information about activities that don’t cost much or any money.
There are also Farmer’s Markets to visit in Kitchener, St. Jacobs, and Cambridge.
I also always suggest international students go for a walk in Downtown Cambridge, which straddles the Grand River. Four bridges are open for pedestrians to cross the river in what was the City of Galt. Galt, Preston, Hespeler and parts of Waterloo and North Dumfries townships were joined in 1973 to create the City of Cambridge.
There’s also evening video shows projected on the Old Post Office branch of IdeaExchange, the Cambridge public library system. Times and shows follow the seasons.
Cambridge is a popular place for movie and television production companies looking for filming locations, often including historic buildings and the Main Street bridge as backdrops.
You see, for years – for decades, really – I’ve been sneaking away from home every day. From work at the office, too.
Sometimes, when I’m on family outings, I quietly step away, attracting as little attention as I can. Then 15 or 20 minutes later, I return as if nothing happened.
Sometimes, I get sideways looks as sweat drips from my forehead. I expect some people wonder what’s going on.
I know better, but I still catch myself pausing and hoping nobody notices my repeated absences.
Some days, I joke about it. Some days, I might call it my 10K compulsion.
I’m talking 10,000 steps. Every day. That’s what many “medical experts” online say everyone should walk daily to boost their health. There’s now research suggesting around 5,000 steps a day is an effective minimum daily walking goal.
Usually, I log triple that number by bedtime: 15-K a day.
Sometimes I top 20,000 steps by midnight. What a rush!
I own my daily pace. Honestly, I can’t say my Fitbit made me do it.
Walking the land
I’ve been a serial walker since I was a teen. I’ve never seemed to be able to take a step back.
I remember walking the concession roads around the farm where I grew up, sun or rain.
Or I walked the laneway to the back forty on sultry southern Ontario summer evenings.
I must have known every rut and ditch as I walked through the fields.