Hard Work for a Workout

Looking at the map, my neighourhood could be a good place to find a jogging track. There’s a lot of green, even parks. But that’s the map.

The Golf Course in the Northwest is off limits. Totally isolated. The stream to the West is a foul-smelling sewage channel, with it’s banks full of garbage and without a single blade of gras. The Stadium to the Southwest is always locked up. Lodi Gardens, Green Park and Siri Fort are too far away.

So I peered towards the East. Some railroad tracks are running there, but living in India for some weeks now, I know that they can be crossed anywhere at any time. Directly behind them waited the reasonable sized Millennium Park for me.

I did it as the locals do and just crossed the railway tracks.

But I didn’t take Indian logic into account. So once I reached the park, I was blocked by a huge wall with bared wire fence on top. As the entry to the south of the park is blocked by houses, I had to walk all the way to the north, between the tracks and the wall, for nearly one kilometer, until I reached the end of the park. Around the corner – and there all entrances to the park stood wildly open.

I thought I could also try the North and ended up in a huge, lovely nursery, full of heritage sites like tombs and also big stretches of greens. It is open to the public and the people had no problem with me walking through the premises. But when I asked at what time they open in the morning so that I could come for a run – the officer in charge told me the nursery is not for running and they wouldn’t allow it. Pfff.

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