Photographs from the other side of the world

I came back from a cruise two weeks ago. My husband and I visited China, South Korea and Japan. It was mind-blowing, and I can’t still believe it happened.

I’m sharing a few images and a few thoughts.

I never thought I’d ever be in all those places. I remember talking  about the Great Wall of China in class. I remember seeing pictures on the Internet. Then, one day, I’m right there, in that place that took 50 years to build. It was impressive to set foot in one of the seven wonders of the world.

We had the opportunity to get an introduction to South Korea’s philosophies and spiritual life through a tea ceremony. A monk told us about her 14 years of total dedication to Buddhism. I can’t forget how peaceful her voice was, and that she talked to us with a smile on her face. My takeaway point: “Watch your thoughts.”

In Kyoto, Japan, we visited the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen. While taking a walk, I was so calm and peaceful, like never before. Why is it that humans are able to build places like these, and at the same time cause conflicts all over the world? We need more zen gardens to calm ourselves down.

We also visited Kamakura in Japan, and photographed the monumental bronze statue of Buddha. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It’s simply impressive.

“Why do people travel?” I’ve always asked myself that question. After experiencing this journey, I came to the conclusion that they do it to find themselves.

Perspectives on the world change, and it’s impossible to be the same person after being in contact with different cultures. Whether we are aware of it or not, we gain knowledge, and it stays with us forever.

For a moment, you open yourself to understand other individuals, leaving behind any prejudice. How wonderful.


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