As dancers, we’re quite used to overusing our feet (as compared to non-dancers)…but this week in London was a foot adventure for sure. Walking is the best way to discover a city, and walking we did! Several times, we questioned how many miles (or meters in the UK) we had walked in a day. Regardless of how tired our feet were at the end of the day, the walking was well worth it.
In addition to the six classes and performance presented at the Claremont Project, we did the bulk of our sightseeing on foot. From the Tower of London to Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, with day trips for some to Bath, Hampton Court and Wimbledon, we racked up the foot mileage. Fortunately, the Underground (or Tube) is extremely easy to navigate and was used many many times to get us from one location to another before continuing our walks of discovery through London. The week-long Oyster card (Metro card in NYC) was well worth it as it made maneuvering around the city that much easier. At times, we were fortunate enough to find a seat on the Tube for a little foot relief, but other times because of the high volume of body traffic, we continued to stand while the Tube took us from place to place.
A few in our group continued on to Paris, Lisbon, and Barcelona to continue their walking explorations of major European cities, while some returned stateside to rest their feet. It was odd to drive a car again after spending eight days not needing it.
For those who plan on joining us for another international adventure, make sure to take a good solid pair or two of walking shoes, as your feet will thank you!