Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

God’s Window is one the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve’s most spectacular viewpoints, with astonishing views over South Africa’s Lowveld (so-named because it is much lower than the high escarpment along which the Panorama Route runs. At God’s Window, majestic cliffs plunge down 700m and, on a clear day, you’ll be able to see over the famous Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s border Mozambique.

fernsehturm

The Fernsehturm (English: TV tower) is a television tower in the city centre of Berlin, Germany. Right at the Alexanderplatz, the tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the administration of the German Democratic Republic. It was intended as a symbol of Berlin, which it remains today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. It has an imposing heght of 368 metres with a revolving restaurant in its sphere. I came here first as a little girl one one of my father’s business travels. The horizon in Berlin is one of houses and history. Can you believe it, coming to Africa I first felt very uncomfortable to the point of agrarophobic in the absence of any high structures and a very low horizon. The world seemed flat, as even the trees were mostly thorn bushes no higher than 2 metres. I always seek out some high spots in Africa …

This post is about the contrast in horizons that can stretch your souls, your perception of this world, when you are traveling as much as I do …

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Traveling different horizons – like here the Grand Canyon in the USA – you realize the people traveling under the different skies have a different horizon of reference in their minds too. Which makes for many lessons in patience. How do you explain the differences in approach to life?

For everybody who wants to widen their horizon, I want to recommend a book I’ve just finished today.

And the Mountains Echoed

By Khaled Hosseini

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, books which I both loved with many tears,  has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe, from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos,

the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Being born in East Germany and having lived through many extreme experiences in the UK, USA, Eastern Europe, Central America and Africa, I can so identify with what Kheled Hosseini tries to say in this book. One selfish decision can rob generations of people of their dreams …

I wish everybody would read this book and widen their horizon.

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