The Great Walk to a wall in China
Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
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There were tears - many tears, gasps of exhaustion, long periods of silence and, at our lowest ebb, a harpsichord rendition from the tinny speakers of Tina's mobile phone of Silent Night.
But what an end! A whole stretch of wall - snaking off across ludicrous ridges - to ourselves. An un-reconditioned, unrepaired, unsanitised, original crumbling section of wall, on National Holiday and we are the only ones here. We had succeeded. We had escaped the tourists. We had escaped the places where set photographs were mandatory because these views were off the tourist trail. We had pushed and pushed so that our guide was as far beyond her comfort zone as we were. And through our endeavor we had bonded as a group. We had challenged ourselves and we had gained an experience that we will all carry with us forever.