#TBT – Walk a Length of the Great Wall of China 3


It is Thursday, and you know what that means!!! It is Throwback Thursday time again. TBT is the one day a week I relive some of my greatest moments in life…the times when I checked something off of my Bucket List.  Last week you learned about #42 – Run a Marathon, and this week we tackle one of my all-time favorite memories…

57. Walk a length of the Great Wall of China – X (October 23, 2010, Badaling, China)

Great Wall of China

Did you know the Great Wall was steep? Not kind of steep, but really steep. As in, you have to walk sideways or backwards down many parts of the Great Wall so you don’t fall over. These were things I didn’t know before I spent an afternoon at one of the 7 Wonders of the World.

My journey to China starts back in 2008, when Kristin’s brother, KC, decided he needed to move to India. I know what you are thinking, the Great Wall is in China, right? It still is, but KC graduated from college and wanted to teach English as a second language to children in the Himalayas. In all reality I think he was in search of a spiritual guru, and as it often happens in life, instead of finding a spiritual guru, KC found a woman. This particular woman, Lulu, was also in India learning to teach English as a second language, and KC was immediately smitten. Lulu was from China and to make a long story short: KC fell in love with Lulu, KC moved to the Himalayas. Lulu moved back to China. KC couldn’t live without Lulu. KC moved to China. KC married Lulu. They had a child, Caden. Ryan and Kristin go and visit KC, Lulu, and Caden in China. All of them go to the Great Wall of China (I think some of you wish all of my stories were short like this).

So there I stood, at the bottom of the Badaling mountain pass in the wooded Jundu Mountains, awestruck by the amazing beauty in this foreign land. Kristin, KC, and I were pretty much the only non-Chinese people at the Great Wall. The Chinese people immediately started asking to take pictures with us, and I felt like a celebrity (I actually felt like I was married to a celebrity, they only wanted pics with Kristin). After many awkward photos, we finally rode the cable car to the top of the mountain range, and this is when I found out the Great Wall was steep.

The fact that the Great Wall of China is steep is exactly why I need my Bucket List. There are so many things in this world that I don’t know. The more I travel, the more I recognize that fact. The Great Wall is my favorite place I have ever visited, and I hope that you can get there someday too.

Ryan Eller

Have you been to the Great Wall of China? Is it on your Bucket List? What places in the world do you feel like you need to visit?


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