Goodbye Cambodia

We leave Cambodia in the morning for Malaysia. My heart was with Laos, now it is with Cambodia. I don’t love Laos any less, I just have a new love in addition. The people here are sincere and striving for something better. The have a tough path ahead and my heart is with them, cheering them along. I don’t know how they do it yet and unfortunately, nor do they…

A woman carving wood in a community enterprise working to provide jobs for rural people.

I loved Phnom Penh, but it is a city and in my heart I am a small town girl. I tire of the city, but never the country.

Around the temples, but an interesting area that they decided to refill with water as in Angkor time it was a mote. Killed all the trees which is an interesting effect…

Ok, not the country really. The Kings swimming pool. Perhaps the largest in the world. From the 12th century.

I wish we had spent more time in the countryside. Siem Reap seems rather large and way to “bustly”, although we’ve been here for a week and really enjoyed it. We had many a interesting conversation with drivers, restaurant people and guides and although they had different stories to tell, they all wanted something better and are working to find a path for themselves and their country. To a person, they are proud of their country and want it to succeed and more forward.

The people love their country and their religion.

A piece of a carving. So much strength and intricacy.

Although children, at least around Siem Reap, attend school half a day, there is a strong sense of family.  The purple fruit is called milk fruit.  It did have a sense of milk taste.

We have come to appreciate Angkor Wat but I really enjoy the smaller temples where you can feel a connection with the past that can’t (unfortunately) be found in the chaos of Angkor Wat.

Not at Angkor Wat. Some of the tourists were fun and provided entertaining pictures.

Apsara dancers. One of the most beautiful forms of dancing. Very evocative. We say it in Phnom Penh with the National Dance Theater. Were afraid to do so at the buffet dinner events in Siem Reap.

We spent a very nice day at the Angkor National Museum yesterday, perhaps it should have been first, as it provides lots in perspective regarding Hinduism and Buddhism and the mixing, matching and back and forth between the two in Cambodia. Still so much we don’t understand at all, but we came with nothing and leave with some threads.

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