It is hard to explain to someone who had not lived here the amount of stairs that are in this country. There are stairs and there are stairs. I am posting some stairs I saw from a road AKA alley in the States.
This is from the road level.
This is at the top of the third flight of steps.
This is at the top. I didn’t go up there but it looks like one goes up at least five flights to get to this house.
In the first picture there are blue plastic bags. Those are trash bags to be picked up by the city garbage truck. I mention this to illustrate that living up all those steps means carrying things up and down those steps. One has to be in good shape to do that day in and day out.
These stairs are easy. They are wide and well made. Some stairs I have seen seem more like ladders than anything else. I think the only way you descend those is backwards.
I wonder what age one has to stop living at the top of these stairs. 60? 70? 80? One thing is for sure if your BMI is high there is a fat chance you will be climbing these often.
How often do you climb stairs in the wild (outside an office building)? How flights do you think you climb a day?