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The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China was in a word, Great. I hiked a portion of it that gives you eternal "hero status" and did so in about an hour and a half (3 round trip). The view (from the highest point on the wall) gave the impression that I was on the top of the world, and that If I looked hard enough?... I could see my house in Houston. Too bad the world is round. The path I chose was not very touristy and to this point involved the least amount of human interaction (I went alone, cause that's how I roll), so the ginormity of it all was not hindered in the slightest. There, on top of the world, was the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Thomas De Bauche -- Cypress, TX
University of Texas, Austin