As Bilbo Baggins ran through the shire, shouting, at the beginning of the Hobbit movie (okay, I am a nerd)!!
But I really am off on an adventure. I mentioned earlier in the year all the planning, research and general anticipation that has occurred regarding our trip to Southeast Asia. Well, it is finally here! My friends are groaning and mumbling ‘go already’, haha. I just get so excited about it all.
I have to say the comments from everyone have generally been split down the middle. Either they are interested and dreamy-eyed about a someday trip (or have been there already) – OR – they wonder why in the world I would choose to go there.
I am a retired consulting geologist and have even written a book about the characterization of karst. “Karst conditions are formed due to a natural process of dissolution of soluble rock” (Benson and Yuhr, 2016). Think of sinkholes and caves for starters and this type of geology is found over about 25% of the world.
Southeast Asia, and particularly Vietnam, is known for their spectacular karst in the form of tower karst in Ha Long Bay or the massive cave systems such as Hang Son Doong in Central Vietnam. I love the complexities of mother nature (I told you I was a nerd!).
Then there is the rich religious and cultural history of the Southeast Asia area dating back thousands of years. The highlight will be a trip to the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. So very, very different from our own little piece of the world.
I am a firm believer in recognizing all the differences in our world. And whether you can embrace the differences or not, you should acknowledge these differences and try to respect them. But in the end, it is the similarities we share that bind us all together.
Our world is both so big and so small at the same time. If you have a chance . . . . explore it a little . . . . and go on an adventure.