Well friends, I’m off for another adventure. This Saturday, 12th May, a friend and I are flying off to spend 12 days in China. First port of call will be Bangkok for a day and night then to Taipei in Taiwan for three days. From there a flight to Shanghai for four days and then a four hour trip on the bullet train to Beijing for four days before heading back home. I’ll be armed only with a camera, a pen and pad, and my wits to navigate the streets and thoughts of a land that has always held a mystique for me. I have no expectations, only an open heart and mind to explore what curiosities may come my way. Hopefully I will have time and access to a computer to keep in touch for the time I’m away. If not, rest assured I carry you all with me and will be in contact when I return.
For those of you who are into facts and figures, China is the most populous country in the world with 1.34 billion people living there. Shanghai and Beijing have populations of over 22 million people each. One of those cities alone can house the entire population of my country, Australia. My home city, Melbourne, is populated with only four million people, and that at times feels crowded.
The Great Wall of China zig zags central-east Asia of a distance of 8,851km… 6,259km of constructed wall; 2,232km of natural barriers; 359km of trenches. If I was to walk from Melbourne to Shanghai, as the crow flies, I would roughly cover the length of the Great Wall.
The distance from the Earth to the Moon averages about 384,400 km, 30 times the Earth’s diameter and only a small percentage of the 7 billion plus people who habit the Earth claim they have seen the Great Wall from space. Whether this is true or not is not something I will ever prove for myself. The fact is that my mind can cope with facts and figures to deal with day to day events, but when I look at this amazing planet we call home, floating in the infinite expanse of space and time, my 171cm frame shakes with wonderment. It is a mystery and a miracle that we are here at all, sharing the lands and the waters, and I am thankful that I can explore its many wonders. Sometimes I am perplexed how some people disregard and disrespect the opportunities we all have to live a full life together, but my philosophical temperament and my loving friends ease my unsettled heart.
So, it is with much love that I say farewell for now, and with much hope that we all find a home within ourselves and with each other.