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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day #19: How to Travel Without a Cell Phone

Traveling Without a Cell Phone

If you ever find yourself
in a situation without a cell phone
like in a foreign (or not so foreign,
but your provider still considers
the data used as international) country
and need something (or things) else to guide you,
follow these simple rules to enjoy your stay:

Printed before you left
from the computer, from careful plans.
Or in a book or tri-fold
you bought from a gas station on the corner.

Talk to the locals,
ask them where to go;
north, south, east, west,
look towards the sunrise and sunset.

Follow the signs pinpointing kilometers left,
these signs are meant for tourists—they’ve been around for years.
Follow those you meet as you journey through the streets,
connect and talk with them, make new friends,
follow their lead, laugh, share your stories;

Change your plans and go with a new friend or two,
change your direction and form new memories;
change your need to always keep to the plans and path,
go and let loose, discover places you didn’t imagine in Toronto!

You see the heads of the Brazilian students I caught up with. We explored the city walking to Union Station, before I met up with Moe. Very friendly people.

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