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.
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 …
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.