Saturday, May 17, 2014

[Photo of the Week] Being Passively Active in Central Park, NY

People usually associate New York with the hustling and bustling Times Square or the city that never sleeps. For people like me who seek the peaceful "me time" in the city, Central Park is gifted with a different kind of beauty, less of noise but more of joy and harmony. 

I call my weekly visit in Central Park being "passively active". 

Being passive - With a book, water, snacks, and a blanket, you can stay in the shades or sunbath for the whole day if the weather is nice. Or call up a few friends to go boating on the picturesque lake and enjoy gossip time. Central Park is never a place for those who don't like relaxing.

Being active - I usually go for a run or a stroll on Sunday afternoon to shake off the calories built over the weekends. It can get really crowded when bikers, roller-skaters, skate-boarders, and strollers, etc., are competing with you in the same lane. The art of dodging comes in handy. :) 

At the end, I am grateful to the green lawn, sunshine, and relaxation that Central Park offers to everyone. If you are seeking out a free resting palace in New York, be sure to spend some quality time in Central Park. 


Photo taken by Li Chang

Li earned a master’s degree in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves hiking, skiing and fencing and enjoys learning about different cultures.

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