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Making a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Monthly Archives: April 2014

Angkor Wat is actually part of a gigantic archaeological park that includes the ancient city of Angkor, known as Angkor Thom. It also includes some smaller, lesser known temples that are on the periphery of the park. According to wikipedia, “a team of researchers using satellite photographs and other modern techniques concluded that Angkor had […]

Siem Reap was great. Amazing people, great ruins, and a nice hotel. But, travel we must. Today we arrived in Phnom Penh. We will be here for four nights then on to Bali. We’ll try to catch up on all the temple pictures from Siem Reap, we got some great photos. Best wishes to everyone […]

Things that make me sweat: 1) High temperatures 2) Humidity 3) A clear view of the sun Cambodia has these things. In spades. Let’s play a game… Look at this picture and guess what the “real feel” or on the ground temperature is: . . . . . . If you guessed 114, you win! […]

The Khmer Rouge regime killed more than 2 million people; wiping out more than a fifth of Cambodia’s population. Wat Thmey in Siem Reap is a reminder of that history. I’ll reserve the bulk of my comments for the more comprehensive post I will do about the killing fields outside of Phnom Penh. Wat Thmey […]

Based on our time here so far, I have gleaned the following rules of the road. 1. Driving on the right side of the road is suggested, but not required. Feel free to travel on the left side of the road as traffic approaches you head on. When the chance arises, slowly merge into the […]

Of no real consequence, but fascinating, is Cambodia’s apparent obsession with Batman. Around Siem Reap there were many Tuk Tuks adorned with Batman logos. I saw batman logos on moped headlights. Batman T-shirts. Batman stickers. This woman’s shirt was covered with Batman logos. So much Batman. This is more confusing than the toilet faucet in […]

In the Hindu and Buddhist mythology, there are figures called Apsaras, which are female spirit of the clouds and waters. They are rumored to be beautiful and supernatural, almost like muses. Throughout Angkor Wat and the other temples, these images are carved in bas-relief on the walls (see Mike’s Angkor Wat post). However, in Cambodian […]

We had heard through the grapevine that Cambodia has some of the most beautiful silk in the world. But we had also heard that, like many southeast asian countries, most of it is made in sweatshops, which made me a little hesitant to buy the cheap stuff here (Despite the fact that most my H&M […]

We woke up at 5am to watch the sun rise over the temple. For a little context, it is already so hot at 5am that my camera lens fogged up from the temperature transition from the A/C’ed room to the “cool” morning air. Thus producing this foggy image: After a few minutes the lens cleared […]

This was the reason we visited Cambodia. It did not disappoint. Angkor Wat is the largest religous monument in the world. Originally a Hindu temple that was converted to a Buddhist temple. It really is a massive structure, especially considering it was built in the 12th century. The walls inside Angkor Wat are covered with […]