I left my room, and what stood in front of me calling like some outside force was the riverbed of Kamo River, a symbol of Kyoto. My plan for the day is still a blank sheet. If I listen carefully I can hear the calm flow of the stream. Where I’m meant to go will become clear in my mind’s eye, I’m sure of it.
I didn’t know the reason, but I felt that if I inhaled the morning air with all I had I would come to know.
“Where should I go first?” Thinking that, I set off to begin the story of my trip with all the freedom in the world.
The surface of the river is like a mirror, reflecting Kyoto’s changing seasons all year round. No matter the season, the world through that streaming looking glass is sure to be beautiful.
Standing under the bridge was like being in a hiding place. It made me think of the first time I felt excitement when I was little.
“I wonder what I’m searching for on this journey?”
These are the words I thought this to myself while walking back and forth. This was a city that I instantly grew attached to.
Is it something I want to find myself; or is it something I want somebody else to find for me? Someone I don’t know from in a city I don’t know in a country I don’t know.
The answer can only be found by working up the courage to knock on the door. Hints are hidden amongst the people and scenery I have yet to encounter in Kyoto.
I laid out my blanket at the riverside and gazed across the Kamo River.
I took my breakfast out of my bag.
Bread and milk: my morning meal whenever and wherever I am. It’s a very natural cycle just like the blue sky, white clouds and unchanging scene before me.
I feel myself becoming hydrated at the silky taste of my almond milk.
I stuff my cheeks slowly with bread and a Danish pastry while painting a picture of the day I will have today.
It was the flowing river that laid it out to me as if singing me a sing.
It said, “When you get going, still with that curiosity inside you, you’ll meet a you who you haven’t met before.”
As if someone had gently flicked a switch in my mind, my half-asleep body began to move.
I decide to set off after eating my breakfast. The map of my trip lies in my heart.
Model/ Mala Morgan
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This bread contains sliced onion and black peppered ham dressed with mayonnaise as well as a sprinkling of shredded and melted Gouda cheese. The fluffy bread is just heavenly.
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