Self Indulged Online Magazine #4

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“Jazz hands. Quick! Show them your jazz hands.” I shook my open palms with as much enthusiasm as I could muster, I even managed a freaky jazz performance grin in the hope that my dazzling smile and dazzling hands would have the desired effect...and it worked. The group of rabid monkeys who had been congregating on the path up ahead saw our empty hands and slowly backed off. We were hiking up Mt Emei in China’s Sichuan province. It is one of the four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China and at 3,099m, it’s more than 1,000m higher than the other three sacred mountains...it was also the one we had chosen to climb.

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