Monday, March 31, 2008

Cambodia, day one highlights

Rather than starting another blog post about how I don't post enough, I thought I would go ahead and just jump into some photos of our trip to Cambodia!

The morning after we arrived, we got up early and went to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat.

It was a clear day and so warm....such a nice change from the wind, rain, and cold in Tokyo:

We then went to Bayon, which was truly an incredible place. Amazing reliefs showing daily life, huge towers with faces representing the 49 cities of Cambodia that existed when Bayon was built, and just really amazing architecture.

This group was posing for photos with tourists, but I liked this picture of them talking together better.

We then had mango shaved ice. It was much bigger than we expected, and very yummy!

Next was Ta Prohm, a site that has apparently been left in pretty much the same condition it was found in. This place, with trees growing over the walls, gives you a sense of just how old the ruins are.

It was then back to Angkor Wat for a full viewing of the site.

We watched the sun set from Phnom Bakheng. The best part of the place was the view of Angkor Wat in the distance, and the fabulous people watching - there were lots of people waiting for the sun to go down. The climb up the hill was pretty tough with the steep steps, and the way down was even harder!

I have lots more photos of day one, but those are the highlights. Oh, and here's a bonus shot for anyone interested:

While walking around I stepped in cow dung...and it was fresh...and green! This photo was taken after I wiped off as much as I could. I washed my shoes after I got back, but I'm afraid my shoes will never be the same. A little souvenir for myself?!


Gina said...

Your shoes will never be the same, huh? OMG, you are so dang funny! Now you just made me lose my train of thought completely! Now all I can think of is, cow patties/dung! LOL! : )

What I wanted to say real quick was, the faces on the towers were so cool! I sat here looking at the faces, the shapes of the lips, nose etc. Wow, amazing and beautiful! Now you got me wishing to go there! : )

And omg! Mango shave ice? I've never had mango shave ice, not ever, ever, ever! That looked so yummy!!! : )

Btw, just out of curiosity, how long a flight was it? : )

deenster said...

Hi Gina! Yes, those towers were very cool...they're even better in person!

I had never had mango shaved ice before, either, but now I think it should be a regular on the was awesome!

We flew through Seoul, so it was a two hour flight to Seoul and then about five hours from there to Siem Reap. Not too bad! :-)

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