Musings

People are the Same, Everywhere

Tiananmen Sq
Tiananmen Square & the Southern Gate to the Forbidden City

We have returned from our planned trip to China and South Korea. It was absolutely amazing and wonderful. Every time we travel overseas, I am always impressed by the friendliness and generosity of the people we meet there. This trip was no different. In addition, to see those sites that you have only heard about and seen pictures in books and school, to actually see them in person is overwhelming. Truly, when I was younger, I never imagined I would actually see the Forbidden City, or stand on the Great Wall, or see the Terracotta Warriors, or 150 Giant Pandas, or the incredible scenery of the Li River Valley, or the Bund in Shanghai. It seemed like every day was more impressive than the day before. And we also got to experience the incredible history and vibrancy of Seoul.

Incredibly beautiful Buddhist Temple in the heart of Seoul.

That is not to say that everything is perfect in other countries. Certainly their are issues and concerns everywhere. But, one thing I have learned from our travels, is that people are pretty much the same everywhere. Governments and politics exist at a different level. People all have the same desires, to feel safe, have a comfortable home and food, and to feel love and fulfillment in our lives. That makes us all pretty much the same.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working on putting together an album of my photos. But, just let me say that of all the photos I have taken on our trips, and even the professional photos I have seen, none capture the beauty, th essence or the awe of seeing it in person.