And…I’m in under the wire for one post in February! Half of this month was spent on my honeymoon in total bliss (mostly New Zealand, with tiny stops in Singapore and Melbourne on either side), and the other half was spent quickly erasing the halo from the trip and diving back into work.
But before we get into all that, I think it’s about time for Cambodia pictures, don’t you? It’s only been two months since I was there. (I’ve really got to pick up the pace with the photo posting.)
This trip to Cambodia was not exactly ideal, since I could only get a few days off work around that time to go with RP, and in-laws M&S. But it was actually exactly the kind of trip that I’d hoped RP and I could take as a benefit of living in Kunming – little tastes of places here and there that we don’t have the time or interest to spend weeks in, picking fascinating spots to meet family on the other side of the world. We met M&S in Bangkok for a day, for a quick sampling of urban temples and deep-fried snacks, before hopping on the plane to Siem Reap.
Photos of the temples of Siem Reap (including Angkor Wat, but there are so many other deeply beautiful sites) tell much of the story of visiting there as a short-stay tourist, so I don’t really have to.
Click picture below to see the full photo gallery; they’ll all be labeled with names soon!
We paid for the perfect weather by sharing it with a glut of tourists, but if you could find a quiet spot and a few quiet moments to marvel at these unique structures, it was magic. Utterly unlike anywhere else.
The temple complexes retain their majesty, helped by being seemingly hidden in the woods. Many of the temples have fallen into disrepair, but one astounding side effect of the neglect is that trees have been allowed to work their powers, and are attempting to consume the temple ruins whole.
The street children rarely leave your side.
And memories of the Khmer Rouge genocide are just below the surface, if you ask anyone over the age of 40. I read Elizabeth Becker’s excellent When the War Was Over when I came back to Kunming, but that doesn’t mean I can comprehend the atrocities of that regime.