Fatal Attractions: The Most Dangerously Beautiful Places on Earth

For some reason, we are attracted to places that frighten us. For this reason, this attraction is the dream of adrenaline junkies.

Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls

When David Livingstone finally saw this giant wall of water in the heart of Africa, he could only name it after the greatest name in his repertoire: Victoria Falls. However, the natives already have a name for it. They call it Mosi-oa-tunya, the smoke that thunders. At 354 feet, it is more than twice the height of Niagra Falls. This is the largest sheet of water in the world, based on surface area and volume, and you can swim three meters from the cliff. The demon pool is formed by eddy where the rocks at the top of the Zambezi wait to be eroded. Daredevils can walk along the narrow basal lanes to swim right on the edge of the waterfall and not fall to their deaths, usually. Every year, some people are dragged to the edge because they misjudge the flow. Still, this is the most beautiful swimming pool you can’t find, and most swimmers survive to approve it.

Death Road, Bolivia

Some attractions may be more dangerous than beautiful, but knowing the risks makes them more attractive (explain that, Darwin!). Camino de las Yungas is Bolivia’s name for volcanic descendants from La Paz, the highest national capital in the world with an altitude of 15,000 feet, to Coroico 4,000 feet below. The ‘Way of Death’, as the tourists call it, is the public road that is actually used, and it is estimated that 200-300 people die every year because of it. This has been a hit with crowds looking for backpackers who pass through the Bolivian Andes. For 50 Bolivians (around seven dollars) you can rent a bicycle and drive a 30-mile route while avoiding traffic, and a 400-foot cliff is on your right. You can also choose to take the new main road. Your call.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Of all the attractions in the United States, only one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is a splendor that can only be done by nature. The Colorado River has sliced ​​billions of years of limestone and sandstone to its current depth. Statistically, the person most likely to die is a young man. By jumping along the rocks to pose for photos or take shortcuts, adolescent indifference can be dangerous. Millions of people are already there, and only around 700 have died, so your chances are pretty good.

The Wisdom and Beauty of Premarital Counseling


Marriage marks a beautiful and fundamental change in the lives of every couple. This is a continuation of the visionary journey that begins during the initial phase of each relationship, when couples open their hearts and minds to the reality of one another’s lifelong commitments. Engagement moves them forward in strengthening that commitment, while adding a spark to the fire of their dedicated love and dreams they share for their future. Let me take a few moments to present how premarital counseling fits in with the process of achieving those martial dreams.

Premarital counseling serves as one of the most unique and important elements of this visionary journey, because it gives couples with a forum to wade through the deep waters of their love, while learning to carefully cross the fearsome peaks and gaping valleys their differences. Taking a trip like that is a journey that requires the help, knowledge and wisdom of people who are skilled in helping others navigate joyful and difficult parts of such efforts.


Engaged couples who are willing to devote their time to premarital counseling pay attention to the call of wisdom and effectively work towards preparation and strengthening their relationship for long-term marriage trips.

“Don’t leave wisdom, and he will protect you; love him, and he will watch over you.” (Proverbs 4: 6)

This section of the Bible highlights the protection we experience when we choose to acquire and apply wisdom, and serves to encourage us all to pursue it.

Wisdom is something that comes to us in various forms. It comes to us when we learn from the experiences of others, who have crossed the area we are living in. It may also come to us when we learn from our own life experiences, including risks, mistakes, successes and failures that make life a great adventure.

The reality is there are different paths to wisdom, some are more subtle than others. However, it is up to us to determine which path we will take when obtaining the wisdom related to building a healthy marriage.


Reading a book and talking to someone about a healthy marriage is one thing. This is a completely different story when you have to apply that learning to you who will soon become a partner, especially when emotions are involved. This is why my work with premarital couples will often focus on two main elements: Active Education and Learning. These elements represent the path to wisdom that we mentioned earlier.

Education is the process of informing couples about the main principles that will enable them to have a strong and healthy marriage. Active learning is the process of really helping them apply those principles when they discuss the dynamics that are different from their relationship. These fields include communication, money, sex, spirituality, extended family, and the role of relationships among many other fields.

After couples really work through these two main processes, they are better equipped to navigate the ups and downs of marriage, and have a greater understanding of how to help each other feel loved, valued, and emotionally connected throughout their relationship.


Beyond all the well-known practical reasons for premarital counseling is something emotional, less real, and very valuable. This is the sentiment that underlies the relationship and love that the couple will fight hard to maintain between them, and still often fails to see materialized in the long run. This is not because they are unable to experience eternal love, but because there is a disruption in the way they convey their love.

I’ve heard that believing that you can experience lasting romance in a relationship is unreasonable, but I would say that giving up trust is even more absurd. There is a reason why the fight for this kind of relationship between couples is so vibrant and enduring, even after several points of conflict.

The truth is that every heart longs for something very passionate and romantic with a lover who fills his heart and mind and reaches the level of ecstasy that causes us to abandon every idea of ​​time. Yes, eternal is the way I describe this type of love. But why is it something that feels beyond our reach, especially with those we have made our lives. Is that biology? Is that familiarity over time? Or do we lose sight of this romantic love? My hunches really point to the last of these questions, although I will not negate the first two.

My point is that if you are willing to consistently do what is needed to help your partner, lover, married person, or whatever you decide to call them, be satisfied with your love, then I dare say it will be difficult to lose the romance that can You experience as a partner. After saying all this, premarital counseling is something that can help you to explore clearly in this direction, so that your understanding of each other and what is needed by maintaining a deeper sentiment of love will be firmly embedded in eternity. the foundation of your marriage.


Having a lasting marriage is not a matter of coincidence. This is a heart problem. It is at this sacred place that every man and woman determine what they want their marriage to be, and how they will contribute to that goal. This is an area where their faith and character collide to produce persistent love that is not destroyed or distracted over time.

However, being effective in helping other significant people experience your love from time to time is a matter of sharing your heart openly in a way that feels less like communication and more like fellowship. Reaching that level of interaction is the result of having a clear feeling about how to unite your heart and words with their words, thereby achieving such goals. That’s where premarital counseling can serve you well.

The Depth of Setting

Weak Settings

When I became an instructor for writing schools (through correspondence) a few years ago, I brought many students and therefore read many manuscripts. I stayed with that position for more than nine years. Often, I find memorable characters with some delivery lessons, and sometimes I even find interesting plots. But many plots are very lacking in the third member of the basic series: arrangement.

The simple definition of settings is the background of your character to appear. The feeling of a place is very important for a novel. A successful novelist plays every aspect of the environment. The lack of a visual scene will leave your character and its actions and interactions suspended in an empty type of limbo.

Not Decoration

When talking about settings, I’m not referring to the flat description paragraph. Rather, this background must be more than just a show painted on a pane of scenery such as a stage play. Settings or background must be interwoven with your character and what they do at a certain time.

If you previously considered the arrangement just a “decoration” for your story, I challenge you to think again. I will challenge you to think of story settings like characters. This will require you to explore the depth of the place.

Awaken Reader Sensation

As you dive into the depths, create a way to arouse all the feelings of the reader in the description. What sounds and smells are common? What is the weather like? How do people talk? What foods do they like? If your novel is arranged in a rather strict setting, can you switch to using a flashback to another place and time?

Let this background come alive through your character’s thoughts, dialogue and actions. No matter how beautiful you are in describing a room, one season, one day or whatever, your readers tend to skip it to pick up the narrative thread. Let the reader go through the settings through the character’s experiences and reactions.

Consider Your Own Root

Think about how your own roots (where you grow up) color and influence who you are. Now apply it to your character. How do settings affect character and shape and shape his personality? Personally, I know a little about mountains, or beaches. (Sighs) I have spent most of my life in a landlocked Midwest. That is me.

In my novel Good-Bye Beedee (David C. Cook’s Quick Fox line), the main character Marcia has lived for thirteen years at the farm of his grandparents in Oklahoma. He rode most of those years. But then his father remarried (his mother had died many years before) and transferred him and his younger brother, Chuckie, to Kansas City. Their first home was an apartment that was too small.

Rural Oklahoma that is wide, wide open, dusty, IS Marcia. There he is. He lives and breathes horses. And horses and farms go together. Like a magnet, he was attracted to a hostel he placed in Kansas City. Can you imagine what the smell of the cage will do for young Marcia? Skin, straw, feed, horse meat, even manure. He loves everything. This is all part of the background – a deep background for the novel.

As Character Settings

My point here is that the arrangement is intrinsically intertwined in character. Nothing is painted. Or added to a drop of color. It builds the story and takes it. This setting is as real as character.

Do you have to know your settings directly to write about it? The answer is no, you don’t. Of course, the more research you can do, the more complete you write about it. Visit if possible. Stay for a while if possible. Read as much as possible to give you a clear background. Talk to the people who live there. Better yet, talk to people who have lived there for a long time.

Spark; Don’t Shovel

Even though you can never have too much factual information about your settings, you can indeed put too much into your story at once. Be careful avoiding shovels full of information just to impress the reader. Believe me, it will be skipped. (Or the book is placed not to be taken again.)

Did I say there would never be a paragraph that only painted pictures or set the stage? No, not at all. Make sure it’s an exception and not a rule in all novels. The key is to keep stirring up information, here a little, there’s a little.

Show, Don’t Say

Pull your readers directly to the scene by allowing the reader to “experience” the place rather than constantly telling it.

Take your favorite novel, written by your favorite writer and notice where the setting has been intertwined by dialogue, or the inner mind of the character, or directly through actions and character interactions. You will learn a lot from such exercises.