(Español versión publicada anteriormente en rojo.) Photos will be posted shortly.
Route: Colonia Juarez/Roma Norte to Santa Maria la Rivera/Tlatelolco
It is five o’clock, and I haven’t started writing my stories for today. I spent the morning trying to get my photos off my new phone, which I specifically bought to make my life easier. It’s been seven hours of trying to get it to work, a visit to Telcel where I bought it, and the answer is still no. This camera will not work with my Mac. They are simply incompatible. Almost every piece of technology I’ve ever bought, has brought with it some measure of frustration. This is something I should be used to by now.
One of my goals with Walking Stories was to keep technology out of the experience of walking and listening. To be conscious and present with the person beside me. People often ask me why I don’t film or record the experience, but it would change the interaction. Too many of my interactions, and those of most modern citizens, are mediated by technology.
Ironically, my non-walking days are spent on the computer, with side excursions to Facebook, Skype and Hotmail to chat with friends, as I write for hours on end. So my phone troubles have just extended my day and prolonged the time I am online.
Technology aside, the exciting news is that I have almost completed my journey. Thanks to all the wonderful people who have helped me along the way, I only have about three kilometers left to walk. I should be finished by the end of next week.
I have to admit that I’m excited by the idea of finishing my project and being able to travel and see more of the country of Mexico, but it also makes me sad. I have loved meeting people on the street and getting a glimpse of their world. Perhaps, after this experience, all my days and all my journeys can be more open and filled with stories.