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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008
Angkor Wat Archeological Site – Day 2
Jamie and I hired a tuk tuk for all day today to tour the temples. We saw probably saw about as much as yesterday but in half of the time. It was another day of temples. I will upload photos at the bottom and label them as “Angkor Temples 2” and” Angkor Jamie.” Once again, these temples may all seem the same to you as a picture viewer, but they all have their own unique mystic about them. The tuk tuk was the way to go today as we had more land to cover between the temples. It also gave our rearends a rest from the bicycles. Call us sissies, but these weren’t exactly Schwinn, Mongoose, or Trek bikes.
After lunch, the weather was too cloudy with a chance of rain for us to do a hot air ballon ride, so we decided to go to this “water village” about which we had heard. It has a specific name which I cannot remember nor pronounce, but it is basically a group of Cambodian and Vietanmese natives who live on floating houses on Tonle Sap lake. During the rainy season, their houses float inland and into the rivers as can be seen in the pictures below in albums “Cambodian Water Village” and “Angkor Jamie.” During the dry season, their float their houses into the main body of Tonle Sap. These little houses are basically stick shelters floating on bamboo. There is a school where the children go and you can see the pictures of it. We jumped off our guide boat and even bought the kids some pencils and took pictures with the teacher. Our next journey was to their fish and crocodile market. We weren’t able to see inside their homes, but you can get a sense of what it is like. It was overall an enjoyable and eye-opening experience.
Dinner tonight was in downtown Siem Reap at a family Khmer restaurant. I had a “family soup” and Jamie had a Khmer curry dish of some sort.
Tomorrow will be another adventure as we will travel way outside the city to go some temples that are not seen by too many people. Our tuk tuk driver is taking us there tomorrow too and we’ll also be able to stop by the Landmine Museum. We’ll probably finish our trip here at Angkor Wat with a hot air balloon ride overlooking Angkor and sunset sitting at one of the temples.
Another long post and there is so much more to tell. The pictures are pretty much in order of our day. It is 9:00 pm here and I doubt I will get them uploaded tonight, but will try to do so tomorrow. Our goal is to have them labeled within a week. We’ve put them in order, so labeling shouldn’t be too much of a problem once we have the time.
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