Thursday, May 24, 2012

Curl Curl Track Walk

Among the many wonderful activities Redlands provides for expatriate families is a track walk group for moms. The day I found out about the group I was so excited and contacted the track guide right away. Each walk is a two hour 7-8km fast walk around a beautiful part of Sydney. The 20 ladies that regularly attend are all in incredible physical shape and very accommodating. I am the only mum with a pram instead of a dog, and several of the tracks involve steps or hard-to-navigate routes. This past week we started at Shelly beach car park and trekked to Curl Curl and back.

Many of the ladies on the track walk are expats, and of the Sydney natives almost all of them have spent time living overseas. I thoroughly enjoy listening to their stories of life in Thailand, China, Singapore, and all over Europe. And how can you beat the scenery? One woman in particular that has taken me under her wing told me the story of her son's trials in beating a brain tumor at the ripe age of 2. After spending extensive time in Manhattan and the UK, she is building her dream home at Freshwater beach (where we walked past). As we returned to Manly she declared, "I will never leave Sydney again. There is something about the ocean we are drawn to as a human race, as if our souls heave a sigh of relief in it's presence." It reminded me of a famous quote from Antoine de Saint Exupery, "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

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