Readers! I cannot, in good conscience, go any further here without relaying a valuable piece of information gleaned – nay, torn – from this day, today, the 10th of January, 2010.
No matter how fidgety you may be; no matter how idle you feel after spending a full 24 hours (bar night-time sleeping) watching the Food Network/Travel Channel; no matter how much energy you’ve accumulated through consuming dark chocolate and Cream Top Raspberry Brown Cow yogurt:
Do not go for a 45 minute walk along a highway in -4°C/24°F weather.
It may feel exhilarating for the first ten minutes, and quite pleasant for the ten after that, but once you turn around and are facing the wind?
You will freeze your face.
And your toes, if you’re lucky enough to still be wearing the glorious post-surgery footwear of sandals and socks (blue socks with orange spots – the fashionista’s choice).
But mostly, your face. YOUR FACE.