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Dec 22, 2013 - Siem Reap

Last leg of the Cambodia trip,180 mile 6 hour coach journey. Travelling through the Mekong Delta on roads and cart paths with huge pot holes at an average of 30 miles an hour with views and scenery the like I have never seen before. Very poor people living off the land and water in wooden and corrugated metal houses. The road was the main (only) road between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap so was very busy with all forms of transport, there was evidence of road widening and maintenance but nobody actually working. The six hours went very quickly...

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Dec 3, 2013 - Thanksgivukah

Perhaps I am not really an expat yet. The holidays still make me a bit homesick. I’m told that after a while you are more in the swing of your host country and its indigenous holidays than with the holidays that you celebrate at home. Thanksgiving made me a bit homesick. Days off, fall weather, fall surf, a trip to visit the relatives in LA, and dinner at Rob’s with friends and family all tugged at my heartstrings. Thanksgiving Day came and went without fanfare both at work and at home. We did however have a nice family Hanukkah...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Bayon

This is a photo along the East entrance to Bayon where the Naga balustrade has fallen leaving only the demons that once supported it. Whereas many of the temples in the Angkor Wat area were originally Hindu and repurposed to Buddhism, Bayon was built as an introduction to Buddhism. As with the other temples, there are bas relief carvings on most of the vertical surfaces. Bayon's eerie characteristic are the many faces carved into the towers and walls that seem to watch you as you move about. It is believed that the faces bear remarkable...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Ta Prom

Ta Prohm is the "tomb raider" temple that was discovered in the dense growth of the jungle. It is amazing the amount of weight that is being carried by the temple structures as the trees continue to grow. The trees have grown up around the abandoned temple and are in the process of strangling and crushing it. Like many other temples, much of the structure has collapsed leaving a 3D jigsaw puzzle for archeologists. How the roots manage to send out feelers which find their way to the ground is a mystery. But they weave themselves...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Banteay Srey

In the area of Angkor Wat, there are many temples dating from different periods. Banteay Srey is one of the older ones,dating from about the 10th Century. It is located about 37km North of Siem Reap. Many of the walls have collapsed due to footings that have given way. There are skeletons standing that give only hints of what once was there. On the ground and slowly being swallowed by the earth are fallen columns of structures that once stood. Some of the remaining carvings are still amazingly intricate even though they were done in...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Local travel

Blog time again – finally Okay, I’ll spare you the paragraph on how Cambodia continues to be challenging and rewarding. It does. We just had our second holiday of the year (see challenging above). It was a four day break from school for the Water Festival Holiday. Granted I did not do the research that a more dedicated expat would; however, I have learned precious little about this holiday, and I did have my eyes open, passively sought out festivities, and even asked my Khmer students for the meaning of the holiday. The best I can figure is...

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Nov 30, 2013 - Angkor Wat

At 0500 on Saturday morning, we took a Tuk tuk to Angkor Wat to see the sunrise there (along with only a gazillion other tourists). This what it looked like in the pre dawn glow of the Eastern Sky. Angkor wat faces West, which puzzles many archeologists. And here we were along with just a few others waiting for the appearance of the sun. As the sun reached the horizon, the sky took on some vibrant hues. At the equinox, the sun rises directly over the main tower. As the daylight grew, we walked along the outside of the main temple. This...

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Nov 29, 2013 - The Cambodian War

When I was on the Gilis Islands Kelly told me that when I got to Cambodia I had to read the historical memoir "First They Killed My Father" which is for sale on every street corner. So I did as recommended and I must say, it has completely changed my experience here. I am almost done with the book and have already bought her second memoir and a different historical non-fiction about the war. I am kind of obsessed. Obsessed to the point that my sweet new friend Di looked at me last night and in the nicest way said "you are totally nerd,...

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Nov 28, 2013 - The Night My Pants Ripped... and The Floating Village

Siem Reap has been absolutely amazing! Last night I met some girls at the hostel and we had a great night. Claire, Shannon, Max and Helena and I went to dinner and a free Aspara Dance Show. The dancing was fun and the food was good. And after it all we stopped at fish spa! Only Helena and I were brave enough to get "massaged" by the fish while Shannon opted for a real foot massage. For anyone that doesn't know, fish spas are giant tanks of small to medium sized fish that you dangle your feet in and feed them your dead skin. Its incredibly...

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Nov 27, 2013 - Siem Reap Temples

Siem Reap is great!! Last night I walked around all the different night markets. Its pretty unbelievable how many of the same stalls there are over and over again. On the advice of the couple I met in Singapore I went to a little Indian restaurant off the beaten path. The food was so good (and so deliciously spicy). I did have the experience of being approached by a little boy as I walked home. He was probably eight -years -old and just kept repeating "no money need milk". It was absolutely heartbreaking but I know the scam and at the end...

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Nov 18, 2013 - Back to Siem Reap by boat

Back to Siem Reap by small boat on the Sangkae River which runs into Tonle Sap, Cambodia's 'sea'! We set off on the Upper Sangkae River in Battambang. Rivers are vital for existence, especially in such a region. Fishing is the primary industry but water is needed for washing, bathing, transport & fun! We pick up our second driver en-route as our journey will be about 6 hours. Each side of the river is crammed with a variety of wooden houses on stilts and others built with corrugated iron which must be incredibly hot. Finding a route around...

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Nov 13, 2013 - Siem Reap & Tonle Sap

Breakfast on a veranda after an early walk into town. Stuart spots a Buddhist wedding which starts at 7am & finishes at 9pm! Much singing & ceremony! The Tonle Sap River goes past the entrance to our hotel & it is very quiet apart from all the children cycling to school. We head N to Siem Reap.The wetlands stretch along the roadside with green (unripened) & golden (ripe) rice fields. Water buffalo wallow in the fields that have already been harvested & families are spreading out their rice to dry by the roadside. On one section of road...

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