Walk; Forest Walk, special guest post by last year's CTGF blog runner up, Hilmi Jaidin!



Hilmi's woods




“The woods are just trees,

The trees are just wood.”

- Stephen Sondheim




When I was growing up, my superstitious mother used to tell me that if I looked into the woods behind our house at night, I’d see a face staring back at you; which of course left me with a lifelong fear of the woods, and also faces.


But the trees behind the Jubilee building are beautiful. I’ve been making a habit of taking a walk through them every lunch for the past two weeks. This has done two things; one, it’s forced me to take a proper lunch break away from The Screen and two, it means I actually get (a little) exercise after lunch.


Given the proximity of the woods to the Jubilee building, it’s strange that not too many other staff members take the opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the place, less than 100 meters away from the office. There’s nowhere else on campus, really, where you can get away and feel undisturbed for half an hour. And you don’t have to walk; you could sit or run, or even sing and no one would ever know (if you sing in the woods and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?).


But then again I suppose if everyone took my advice and camped out in the forest, it would no longer be serene. In other words, ignore this post entirely!


But seriously, the woods are beautiful; they’re nothing to be afraid of, despite what my mother might tell you.



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