Only having to work a few hours a week, and making more than a living wage, mostly because of how cheap it is to live , I'm able to explore the city.
The other day when I was down in Heping District by the St Regis hotel, I observed a fantastic park across the river.
Today, I returned with my yoga mat, attire, water bottle and iPad Pro to get a session in.
Tianjin is a warm city. During my session, the weather was sitting at a comfortable 20°, clear blue sky, and a slight breeze to keep the sweat from building up too much. Furthermore, I really appreciate how it's a fairly dry heat. The humidity of Toronto is something I very much dislike. The signs of spring are prominent as the city blossoms itself into lush vegetation. Perhaps the best element of all is how quiet such a big city is. It's an oxymoron which just calms and confuses you simultaneously.
I have my favourite yoga/spiritual playlist going which includes the following songs:
K'khana - Random Rab
Calm - Govinda
Eastern Girl - Waterbone
Obedear- Purity Ring
And frankly, I'm blissful. I like being alone much of the time. And the yoga helps me centre my focus and clear my head. It also energizes me and helps with my posture.
I'm really cognizant of how much I've come to recognize my appreciation for the simple things. To live naturally. I think we often forget, we are animals. It feels good to be outside, have your shoes off, be near the water and just enjoy the weather. This is a major reason for my travels. To revert back to these old ways as much as possible. With each country I visit, I plan on taking it further and further backwards. I'll keep a few basics like iPhone, iPad my clothes and what not, of course. Though, I'm finding the more I revert, the more wholistic I become.
Thailand/area seems to be stuck in my head, I may head there in a year or two. I hope by this point, I can live out of one of those tents which can be suspended between trees or set up on the ground. Imagine, one day your home over looking the ocean, the next, atop a mountain seeing a valley? The following week you're immersed in a tropical rainforest!
I'd encourage everyone to at least try it, even if for vacation only. Note, this is your bait, once you arrive, returning will be your new biggest obstacle. Better to just accept a new life outlook and plan to stay.