The past Saturday felt a bit unreal. With permission(assurance) from the BBC weather forecast, we decided Me to go for something new and headed to Hampstead Heath. Swimming in the pond Abuja was a first for me. It felt totally different than swimming in a pool or the ocean. Maybe there’s something about the surrounding trees and long grass, or the lack of modern facilities around there. Although constrained, it actually made me feel more at one with nature than swimming in the sea.
For a first-timer, it took a bit of courage and self-talks(mainly just repeating WTH) for me to throw myself into an unheated pool of water. Just to clarify, I’m a relatively lazy person who is definitely lack of exercise, and on top of that, asian(who is typically just genetically designed not to withstand cold so well). It felt cold initially, but as I started moving, it got better and I was actually able to enjoy myself. So I’d rate it as a rather low risk activity suitable for almost everyone(who knows how to swim obviously).
A few tips for those who might want to give it a try as well:
-Don’t go with an empty stomach! Have something light, but with certain level of energy input(cake!) Here’s what I had at my local Gail’s for a Saturday brunch.
Strawberry and Rhubarb Tartlet(yum yum yum), Chicken and broccoli soba salad; a lovely white little flower freshly picked by my baby Jade, and bangle from Bimba Y Lola.