Today I wanted to stop at my library and post office before going to work, so I walked to both and then just decided to keep walking to my Mon/Thurs school despite the heat. (That school is about 40 minutes walking from my apartment, but with all of the errands I was out walking in the heat for about an hour).
On the way home, I didn't feel like going underground to the metro but it was still really hot, so I took a bus back to my neighborhood. My metro stop is right next to my apartment, but this bus stop is a block away. So I had a mere block's walk to my apartment that I normally wouldn't have taken today.
On this short stroll I saw a couple piles of books on the sidewalk next to one of the trash bins outside. Score!
Without hesitation, I immediately crouch down and start going through all of the books. I love getting used books in the states, but free used Spanish books seemed even more wonderful to me. This is what I ended up taking home with me:
I remembered studying and reading chapters of El Conde Lucanor in one of my Spanish literature classes, so I figured that'd be a good one to have. I'm hoping to use some of the pages from the kids' books and magazine for craft projects. (Remember how crafty I am now in 2012? It all started with my DIY kindle case...)
I was also excited for this find:
It's a memoir about the education of various post-civil war generations of Spaniards in the Franco-led Catholic nation. It looks like a good read, and will hopefully give me more insight into where Spain's education system was at during Franco's regime, and how it's changed since his death.
Takeaway message: Do something different from your daily routine today! It can be as simple as taking a different route home. Walk instead of drive/bus. Or bus/drive instead of walk. Call or email someone you haven't talked with recently. Eat breakfast for dinner. Get out some paints and do something messy. Make a meal if you normally eat out. You get the picture -- something that's not a part of your usual routine.
I took the bus home today when I normally take the metro, and I ended up with an armful of free books. What did you do differently from your routine and what was the outcome?