Oh Beijing, what to say? You were a surprise. I kept saying all weekend “what can you do but laugh?” because really, what can you do but laugh when things happen in a pear-shaped kind of way. I certainly wasn’t about to sit down and cry even though I wanted to. The most important thing travelling has taught me is to brush the uncomfortable off with a laugh and move on with a sense of optimism.
After a very trying first day in Beijing the second one was surreal. The main reason for the weekend trip was to climb the Great Wall, and doing THAT made everything else worth it. I got to make a dream a reality and now I can happily cross it off my bucket list.
My friend and I decided to go to the furthest part of the Wall, Jinshaling, because it is the least busy, least touristy and much more peaceful experience. It is maybe a little more dangerous because parts of it have degraded and there are lots of loose stones and rocks. Climbing some parts was hard. Hard as in having to climb hundreds of steps at a 70 degree angle to reach the tower. Did we do it? Yes. Did we love it? Yes. Would we do it again? Yes.
The highlight of my day was having a butterfly tickle my ankle for a good few minutes. I noticed an abundance of white butterflies flying around. I don’t know if it has specific symbolic meaning in China but the message I took from that was hope and a good life/good luck. The one that settled on my ankle was different and the only one of that kind that I saw. I believe good things are to come.
This part was Beauty.