Up and Down the Great Wall of China

It would be difficult to walk the entire Great Wall, but one can experience what it’s like along a portion of it.

Approaching Juyong Pass near Beijing, one gets a glimpse of the famous wall and anticipation builds up. After all, climbing the Great Wall is on many people’s bucket list!

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One quickly realizes that this is not going to be a “walk in the park.”  The wall served as fortification, hence they were made for soldiers and not for tourists. Still, it’s part of the experience…

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The start of the climb up. If you’re early enough it won’t be that crowded.

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Near the top.

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The long way up is the long way down.

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The view from halfway. The good thing is that you can see this twice – on the way up, and on the way down.

It’s a Quest worth doing at least once.

(More info on the Great Wall here.)

Better Together

Love is the answer
At least for most of the questions in my heart
Like: “Why are we here?”, “And where do we go?”,

“And how come it’s so hard?”

It’s not always easy,
And sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing:
It’s always better when we’re together…

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Yeah, it’s always better when we’re together
We’re somewhere in between together
Well, it’s always better when we’re together…

from the song “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

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Taken at Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia
Prompts: Together, Edge

A Reminder to Fish and Fisherman

“Prepare to meet thy God.” (Amos 4:12)

This exhortation from the Bible verse written on the fisherman’s boat is addressed to the fish, as depicted in the painting beside it. One can interpret it as some kind of tongue-in-cheek pep talk.

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But alas, it is also a reminder to himself. As he goes out to the open sea, this traditional fisherman knows his life is on the line (no pun intended) and he has to be ready to meet his Maker anytime.

A double-edged reminder.

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(On the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.)