notes from the road

the barefoot burrito

Last Thursday was ‘One day without Shoes’ a day to walk around sans footwear to get a feel for and draw attention to the lives of many children who walk bare foot around the world every day. If the world were made up of 100 people 40 of them wouldn’t have shoes – true fact! So in order to make the most out of this day, Ryan and I decided to walk to work barefoot – all 10 miles of it.

We started at 6:15 when it was still whispering with darkness and marched out to the stretch of beach – how romantic indeed it would be to stroll along the sand as the sun rose. Yeah, quite wrong. The sand was so cold that it made our feet numb denying us almost all feeling – and when we could feel anything it was usually a rock or stick. After the sand we hit the bike track with its tarmac surface, which was easiest to walk along on the painted white lines. Finally we found some grass and it was beautiful – I won’t forget stepping onto it for the first time and feeling each little blade of grass adorned with a dew drop crush under my footstep – ahhh. After many different surfaces and odd looks we made it to work three and a half hours later. We would have been on time too, but we stopped at the MTV studio staff cafe and had one of the most delecious things that I have ever eaten – a breakfast buritto. Hash brown, bacon, onion, cheese and rice all wrapped up in a tortilla blanket for a very reasonable price. What a find indeed, and without going shoeless it wouldn’t have happened. Perhaps freeing your feet actually opens up new possibilities? Hmm perhaps, or perhaps I would have just found the burrito later on without having to hobble around with blisters on my feet…


5 responses

  1. If you walked around barefoot all the time you wouldn’t have blisters cause your feet would grow calloses!
    I feel sorry for the 40% of people who DO wear shoes.
    Did you know that shoes contribute to most of the worlds health problems?
    That shoes destory our walking and ruin our backs and throw our whoel skelitons into dysfuntion because they rape our bodies of their natural ability to walk and stand correctly? Do you know shoes are one of the worst things to ever happen to humanity? ever.

    Do you know that I wrote a whole book illustrating the evils of shoes and i hate them.
    (but I love my Toms, thanks fo them. for the occasions when shoes ARE nessercery, these are great)

    20,April, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    • justinwatts

      Yeah I guess in a magical, fictional world it is fun not to wear shoes. But when it comes to people getting podoconiosus and other preventable diseases just because they don’t have adequate foot wear, it’s not so cool.

      23,April, 2009 at 2:55 am

  2. hahaha, this is hilarious! even though i’d heard the story first hand, it was fun to read…also gave a very clear/descriptive image of the whole ‘adventure’ 🙂

    21,April, 2009 at 3:21 am

  3. well I guess we both write annoying comments on each others blogs then dont we?

    26,April, 2009 at 1:56 pm

  4. Justin

    Ha! Too true…

    27,April, 2009 at 3:20 am

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