With the grime of Phnom Pehn still sticking stubbornly to our shoes, we continued our journey north, this time in a relatively comfortable bus. Our destination was Siem Reap, the so-called gateway to the temples of Angkor Wat. There is much more to be said about the history and culture surrounding both the town and temple complexes than I have the time or space to get into. What you should know, however, is that the temples number over one thousand, Angkor Wat itself is just one such – though as the largest single religious monument in the world, it has given its name to the entire complex. The Angkor complex was the largest pre-industrial city, sprawling to roughly four hundred square miles.
The temples welcome about two million tourists a year, and it shows (you wouldn’t believe the pains I went through to avoid having my photos filled … Continue reading
The past few days the weather report has forecast, nay, promised me copious amounts of snow. Seattle has braced for the impending snowpocalypse in typical harried fashion. Yet with the exception of a few half-hearted flurries, the landscape of Seattle-metro remains bleakly, soggily normal. I take this as a personal affront since this thrice-cursed Asian plague refuses to let me get healthy, leaving me beached on the couch beneath a pile of blankets rather than being productive at school. A snow day would at least assuage my over-active-honor-student of a conscience. Sigh.
Update: Ask and ye shall receive! We woke up to a winter wonderland!
However. At least I can be productive on the blogging front, eh? So it’s on to the second installment of our Asia trip!
From Pho Quoc, we boarded a speed ferry to the mainland. Now, as you are all no doubt aware, as an islander … Continue reading
Hello from the world of the living! As the crush of events has become so massive as to preclude any kind of coherently enjoyable discourse (both in the telling and the reading), my next few posts will consist primarily of photos. Jacob and I made it back safe but far from sound, with a nasty stomach bug that for me lasted 9 days (4 in transit from Cambodia to Seattle, including boats, taxis, buses, planes, and 1 cancelled flight from Tokyo to Seattle necessitating New Year’s Eve in an airport hotel), during which I lost a whopping 7 pounds (every one of which I could ill afford), and required 2 types of antibiotics to knock out.
Crushing illness notwithstanding, it was an absolutely unforgettable trip. And should memory fail us, there’s always the 1,882 photographs I took. Ya know, for posterity’s sake. There was one very special event in particular … Continue reading
Hello my lovelies! This year for our joint birthday celebration, we sneaked away for a week on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Our first stop was the rather touristy, Playa del Carmen on the Caribbean Sea (which, incidentally, we never did swim in there). We were lucky enough to find the sweetest little boutique hotel called Hotel la Semilla at what I can only describe as the good edge of town (quiet, pleasant, away from the crowds of Quinta Avenida, Fith Avenue). This little haven honestly made the whole experience of Playa for us, and turned out to be our favorite accommodations of the trip.
We did a lot of walking around the bustling little town, seeking out the best tacos and looking in vain for any shops not selling the same ubiquitous souvenirs. A notable meal was in one of the oldest restaurants in Playa, La Cueva del Chango, conveniently … Continue reading
Wishing you all a happy summer solstice! Thought I’d share a few photos of a glorious sunrise we experienced at Bayon, Angkor Thom – part of our adventures in Cambodia and Vietnam. I still recall the immense feeling of peace, the sun just beginning to warm those beatific smiling faces, the jungle waking up around us.
It seemed appropriate for the return of the sun. Don’t forget you can click on a photo to enlarge it…
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