3. Songshan, China
China is such a huge country, so naturally there’s more than one leg/legs picture I’d taken within its vastness.
Looking back on this particular photo marks an important moment to me – I’d originally traveled with a friend from home and our friendship had been fraying for a while, since before we left actually.
It is a shame and in some ways I do miss him, but I remember thinking at this moment I was ready to travel alone.
We had an argument about Songshan and how to get to it, we were stone cold silent in the cable cars up and didn’t speak a word to each other. In the heat, which was still so intense, I perched on this spot to relax and hydrate.
He was behind me with Chinese tourist vendors, trying to sell him the ‘iconic’ karate swords (as Songshan is also home to the famous Shaolin Temple.)
The vendors had taken pictures of him holding the swords in a mortal kombat-type pose, a photo I wouldn’t see until he deleted me on facebook and that was left as his profile picture.
Looking around the mountains, their peacefulness was soothing and refreshing, particularly compared to the hustle and bustle in Shanghai. I wouldn’t have another moment like this until the next picture was taken, and when I had separated from my now former travel buddy.