As long as I’d flown halfway around the world already, I decided to take a little detour to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor before returning home. SO glad I did that. Such a beautiful country. Here are a few of the things I saw.
Although this particular water wheel is only about 15 years old, there has been a water wheel on this site for centuries. The water is collected and delivered via a wooden aqueduct.
Most of the Angkor Temples, including Banteay Srey (The Lady Temple) were originally built as Hindu temples and then converted to Buddhist temples. The Lady Temple (so-called because it was thought that the delicate carvings must have been made by women) was originally built to the Hindu god Shiva. Now, all the temples are Buddhist sites.
This is real. It’s good that the mine fields are being cleaned up, but the legacy doesn’t just belong to Cambodia. This is our legacy as well. This is a product of colonialism and proxy fighting just as much as it is civil war. People continue to be injured by the land mines.
I know this is a brown cow, but most of them are white. They’re everywhere. Some are tethered, but plenty roam free. They’re the work animals in the rice fields.
The lotus grows in muck and is beautiful and fragrant, and for this reason is an important symbol in Buddhism.
Some of “Tomb Raider” was filmed here. The film crew built the wooden stairs and platforms that make it possible to walk around this site safely.
Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. This floating village has existed on the lake for about 500 years. The houses are on pontoons, or are just small boats. This couple returns home with a shrimp trap on the back of their boat.
These bands, made up entirely of victims of land mines, play for donations at various temple sites in Angkor. It is a project of the Land Mine Museum. We have the power to end the destruction.
The smell is…powerful. When we drove by I wondered what the stink was before I saw the fruit sellers on the side of the road. The taste is sweet and creamy – like smooth and creamy pineapple.
This is a sample of the over 1700 photos I took in Hong Kong and Cambodia. Something you’d like to see that you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments. If I have it, I’ll post it. Hope this gives you some idea of what I did on my summer vacation.
That’s my mighty mite.