Ooooooh! Do you want to go on an adventure? It’ll be fun! Well, no … not really … I’d rather just stay at home and read a good book on my Kindle but be that as it may, I have experienced an adventure or two in spite of my preference for solitude.
In coming up with something to share for this challenge, I thought about trips to Malaysia, South Africa, Spain and Rome but felt the biggest adventure was the my visit to Beijing China where I got to walk on the Great Wall in May this year. Now that was a thrill – of sorts – indeed.
Beijing is a city of history and amazing people, and there was much to see en route to the wall. We were not disappointed when we finally arrived. For me, a fitness diva, the wall never ended. You climbed and climbed and climbed (and huffed and puffed and huffed some more) – there were always steps left over. Sometimes the steps were evenly spaced, at other times they were very narrow and the climb became very steep. The going was rough (and sweaty and sticky in the humid afternoon) yet I pressed on because how many times do you have such an opportunity in life? I definitely did not regret leaving my Kindle behind this time around. But now it’s your turn: what’s your adventure? Leave me a comment or a link to your journey 🙂
Thought I’d share a little history on the Great Wall of China (www.history.com):
Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China actually consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (c. 259-210 B.C.) in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world, and remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength. Read more here.
And now, a few of my photos below – enjoy!
WordPress Photo Challenge: This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!