Scaling the Dragon’s Back by Karen Patrick
In September 2012 I took part in a trek of part of the Great Wall of China. Quite simply the experience changed my life. Awe inspiring scenery, memorable experiences and personal challenges. I will admit at times I found it difficult even doubting I would be able to complete the trek. I was driven on to prove something to myself and by not wanting to let down my chosen charity. And frankly there was an occasion on one day of the trek when it was actually easier to continue on and up than to go back and down the Wall.
To celebrate the wonder of the Great Wall, and capture my experiences not only of the trek but of seeing the Terracotta Warriors and the sights of Beijing; and to continue to support Dementia UK, Admiral Nurses I wrote a book. My experiences been published as an ebook sales of which continue to support dementia care.
I do hope my book is more than a travelogue and that as well as entertaining the reader it provides an insight into the realities of life in modern China, its culture and a little of the political history which has helped shape the country today.WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Scaling The Dragon’s Back is the author’s account of her experiences of her visit to China in 2012. The purpose of her trip was to participate in a charity trek of part of The Great Wall to raise funds for a dementia charity providing specialist dementia care.As well as being a humorous and entertaining account of her adventures on the trek the book also includes the authors observations of her time in Beijing, Xian (the ancient capital of China and start of the Silk Road), and of seeing the Terracotta Warriors.Scaling The Dragon’s Back provides the reader with an insight into city and rural life in China and engagingly informs the reader of the issues, cultural and political history affecting life in China today.
Author Profile – Karen Patrick
Karen lives in the beautiful university city of Cambridge, UK.
After graduating from University in the 1980’s Karen has spent most of her career in human resources (HR) via the IT sector, and a spell working in the National Health Service. After periods working in employee benefits, recruitment and then operational HR she has specialised in employee relations and in recent year’s dispute resolution in the workplace working with both organisations and individuals. Karen is a qualified community and workplace mediator and conflict coach. In her local community Karen volunteers her time as a community mediator and she is a Board Member of a Cambridge based Housing Association.
Karen is a Co-Director of arc resolutions which provides conflict coaching, mediation, conciliation, and termination of contract negotiation to the parties involved in a conflict to resolve the dispute at an early stage avoiding, where appropriate, costly litigation.
Over the years Karen has written a number of articles for professional magazines and journals. As well as writing for her work Karen has always enjoyed writing for pleasure as a hobby. Karen would describe herself as one of life’s observers.
Karen kept a diary of her experiences when visiting China, the main purpose of the holiday was to raise funds for a Dementia charity which provides support the family and main carers of those suffering from dementia. She decided to publish her account of her trip as a way of continuing to support and raise awareness of the work of the charity.
When she is not working Karen enjoys listening to music, reading (both fiction and non-fiction), travel, walking and socialising with friends.
Karen’s interests are history, politics and current affairs which account for much of her reading. She lists among her favourite novelists, DH Lawrence, Henry James, Lynne Reid Banks and John Le Carre. She is particularly fond of the poetry of Byron and WB Yeats. Among Karen’s favourite books she would list, Dr. Zhivago, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Little Drummer Girl and Konin.
New to blogging, having come to it only recently, Karen is now building a travel blog, starting with China and Scaling The Dragon’s Back, where she will go on to publish accounts of her other travel experiences.
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