Taking an afternoon walk is becoming one of my favorite things to do here and it kills time. As there are no street signs and I have no sense of where I am compared to anything else, I have been walking a different directions.
For two days last week I walked in the same direction and found myself in the same animal farm situation each time. As I was walking a realized that I was being followed by a little pigs. He was sorting along with every step and getting closer and closer. I picked up the pace, but then so did he. I was becoming more and more disconcerted and started to talk to myself, saying "this is how is all starts-it's animal farm all over again." I finally get far enough away that this pig becomes disinterested and I was left to enjoy the rest of my walk.
Just the next day I was walking that same route and found myself being followed again. By the same pig. He was less shy this day and came toward me at a brisk pace. I quickly moved along, crosses a small river and he was left sorting on the other side.
I later found myself in a very large field and talking about my weekend plans with another friend. I heard large and fast footprints behind me, to only turn around and realized that six huge horses were running straight toward me. I had nowhere to run. As a was starting to freak out I headed for a small heard of cows. Heading in that direction I realized that if this were animal farm, they too would be in on the take over kick. As the hooves came closer and closer, I watched and waited to see if the horses would change coarse.
When they were only 20 or so feet away they turned ever so slightly. Relief took over my body. Still on the phone with my friends, I come back to laughter on the other side of the phone. I to realize how ridiculous this situation was and begin to laugh. But my laughter soon stops when I realize the same 6 horses are coming back around...again straight toward me. I head for the cows on my right and they turn a bit to their right and we pass each other again.
The whole point is, why aren't this animals just a bit frightened by humans. I want to instill fear. This is one of my new goals for my time here. I want the pigs, the cows and the horses to act like their counter parts in the U.S. and run in the opposite direction when they see me coming.