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'The Long and Winding Road', United States, New York, Catskill Mountains, Kaaterskill Valley

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Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.


I heard a lot of 'life analogies' on my trip. One of them I overheard while I was in Cambodia. The gentleman at the bar, maybe in his mid 60s, was recalling his life journey to a young Irish couple who had just arrived in Phnom Penh. He was a constitutional lawyer, who had been in many 'rogue' nations throughout his career, helping them construct the foundation of their country. He naturally had his ups and downs throughout his journey in life. He compared his experience to a road leading up the mountain. 'A straight, steep path up the mountain will burn up your energy fast and if you stop you'll come tumbling down', as he put it. In his eye's, the best path up the mountain is a long and windy road. 'Take the time to enjoy the scenery on the way up. The mountain has a lot to offer and know that an amazing view at the top awaits you.' I'm never really sure if the view at the top was meant to be heaven or a reflection of one's life when it's all said and done. I never asked.


The rest of my trip was full of long and windy mountain roads like this hairpin turn in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York. It made me think of the constitutional lawyer, his life lessons and my favorite bar in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Good memories.

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Taken on October 20, 2010