When I suggested my friend, Mai, having a walk with me a few days ago, she asked how far I could walk. “Around 10 km,” I proudly replied. After arranging our time, we met up at Papaya shop where she is working as a saleswoman, and started our walk this morning. Unlike many other walks that I have taken around my hometown, this one wasn’t led by me but by Mai, a walker and Huế-lover. It was a “blind walk” for me so all I had to do was to follow her.
The route that she secretly planned for me turned out to be quite familiar to me. I knew the area and the streets but I never walked them before. We visited some royal residences and temples of the princes of Nguyễn Dynasty as well as Lại Thế Village’s communal house along the way.
It was a lovely stroll and I’ve learned so much from it as well as the talk with Mai. I felt thankful to be able to walk our hometown with such an enthusiastic young woman who loves Huế dearly, and who is very knowledgeable and open-minded.