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The International Investor

April, 2016 Archives

Europe in Mortal Danger

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Jeju Island, South Korea

 

I have done 8 or 9 walking days of my 500 km pilgrimage here on Jeju Island. The vistas are truly stunning at times, with beautiful cliffs, vibrant flora and fauna aided by the volcanic soil, cherry blossoms and the yellow rape seed flowers everywhere. And much of the island is under the watchful eye of the majestic Mount Halla, a dormant volcano.

 

The interesting thing about a pilgrimage is that it simplifies everything to walking, eating, sleeping, overcoming challenges and enjoying beautiful moments. It actually becomes a microcosm of your life so that if you have certain habits they become even clearer. I am learning the importance of organization: even the way I pack my bag is crucial - if there is a flash rain storm then I need to be able to access my waterproofs. And one has to choose one’s equipment very carefully.

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Paradigms

By Benjamin J. Butler

 

Jeju Island, South Korea

 

This month I suddenly felt called to walk a 500 km trail on Jeju Island, inspired by the Camino De Santiago (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago) or the Way of St. James, the famous pilgrimage route in France and Spain. I am walking in the mornings and then working in the afternoons. I met the journalist who set it up last year. She walked the Camino many years ago looking for insight about her life after a traumatic event (a divorce I think). At first, the Korean government was not supportive of the initiative but her tenaciousness paid off: it became the top tourist spot in all of Korea!

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