THE NOCKALM ROAD, AUSTRIA
When we were conceptualizing the symposium, I gently persuaded Edmund to take the participants to the Nockalm Road. Being an Asian, I know that this place would touch their hearts and appreciate more the beauty of nature. This place belongs to the stairway to heaven and Edmund knew that I would never stop until he gives me the chance to climb again. He knows very well that I could really be a dripping faucet until I get what I wanted. It was his fault anyway that he showed me this place during my last visit.
We boarded the train from Peraugymnasium and in no time we were on our green serpentine journey passing through small towns and villages nestled at the foot of the mountains and rolling hills. Once we started the climb, silence took over me. It has always been this way. I simply can't talk when I am driving up or to be very precise, being driven up the mountains. I must be quiet and be with the mountains. Perhaps this is how I talk with nature. We both speak the language of silence. I feel so connected with nature when I am in it. I need to see everything and store them in my mind.
As we climbed higher, it became apparent that the vegetation was slolwy disappearing. The thickly forested part was replaced by another vegetation. My eyes were always on the look out for the scenic vantage point where amazing and too good to be true views were being offered to feast upon. Up in the mountains, the wind was so strong and cold but the view is breathtaking and exhilarating.
There is something with the wind that I find so magical, powerful and so myterious that I couldn't resist but record it. A mountain without the wind would be like a volcano which has used up all its glow or a dragon without the fire. I love mountains because though they are majestic, they never ever coward me. I feel that I can draw strength and calm from them to do or achieve what I want.
Indeed, for the second time, Nockalm Road made me so happy, calm and inspired to do something for the nature. I do think that most of our participants felt the same.