May 30, 2016

Books in Real Life, Episode 12: The Wander Society

If you've never seen a Books in Real Life post before, here's what it's all about! Rachel of Hello, Chelly & I basically team up to actually do the things we read about in books - and then we share all about it with you guys! 

This time around, we were inspired by The Wander Society. Keri Smith came across handwritten notations in a secondhand copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, which led to her discovery of a group known as The Wander Society. The group is all about the importance of wandering and unplanned explorations as a way of life. Smith highlights their history, a few wanderers through history, the benefits of wandering and some ways you can practice the art of wandering for yourself!

For our little wander in NYC, we decided to tackle three of the provided prompts! I'm sharing our "color tracking", Rachel's doing "bookstore wandering" (which we modified from library wandering since the NYPL branches were closed on Saturday) and we're both sharing "wanderer's filmography".

The instructions for "color tracking" read as follows: "Spend one wandering session tracking one specific color. Take photos. Give a name to each of these sessions (the white session, the blue session). Print out the photos and put them in your journal." (p.98, The Wander Society) We picked the color yellow, and proceeded to track the color during our entire morning! 

1. What was your favorite part or a memorable moment? I'm a big fan of walking the streets of New York, so I can pretty much say that I enjoyed our little morning wander in general! It was really nice to be able to chat and take photos and wander the city together. I also think it was fun to try and spot all the yellow things - there are a lot!

2. Anything you wish you'd known beforehand? I wish I'd realized how hot it was going to get! While I enjoyed the walk, it was definitely really hot by the time we were at the tail end of it. I would have brought cold water and a hat!

3. Would I do this again? Absolutely! Wandering (with or without a destination) helps me clear my mind, and I think it's something that's a healthy practice. Plus, there's always something to see when you're walking around New York City.

And, as promised, here's a little video we created, as inspired by the "wanderer's filmography" prompt. I focused mainly on capturing movement, but really, it's just a vlog of our morning adventure.


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