First – A big thanks to YOU! The reader of this blog.
When friends that I could communicate properly with have been few and far between here in China, this blog has been my refuge and at times vent. It has been nice to know that so many people have taken part in this journey (from the comfort of a warm and dry place most probably!) Thank you all for encouraging messages and e-mails. They have kept me going!
Thanks also to my brother for helping with sewing parts of the techy stuff together here, and also for giving me a kind brotherly reminder from time to time that I have to make more pictures for the picture gallery! Also to my mother for looking through every sentence I have written, and corectimg speling mitakes! (That will be corrected in no time at all!) (WRONG – I’m going to leave it just as it is !!!! People have to read your words, not mine. Love mamma)
Most of the world probably woke up to the news that North Korea bombarded a South Korean island yesterday. A tragedy, within a larger tragedy of a split nation. I am currently only 116 km’s from North-Korea – far closer than Seoul on the other side. Being on the Chinese side makes me feel a lot safer. During the last couple of days walking, I have observed more green vehicles in the area, which is only natural. As I get closer to the border, chances are pretty high that I will get the question ‘what (on earth) are you doing’. In addition to my official papers describing the walk, I will get in touch with the leader of the Hushan Great Wall on the border to North-Korea so that a quick phone call to him should sort out things if I get stopped.
I am hoping, with the rest of the world, that the situation does not spiral out of control.
Today’s walk was hard. From noon there was a lot of snow, and the wind picked up quite a bit. Am very happy with today’s effort despite the weather. Really really tired now. Walking such long distances most days zaps my head in addition to the body. Good night.
31 kilometres today
About 116 kilometres to Dandong as the crow flies.