Well where to start!!
Firstly I still can't believe how fast this experience has come.. It seemed such a short time ago that I was graduating from University and the chance to actually travel was all but a pipe dream! Now I find myself in so many amazing places meeting so many awesome people it's unbelievable.
So, after a long and seemingly endless flight to Bangkok via Dubai...(where I fell asleep to be awaken by a final call (sorry mum haha) I arrived at my hotel. I have to admit I didn't get to see Bangkok at all as my time there was short and I was pretty tired from the journey so a good night sleep was much appreciated!
In the morning I joined my group...ROAM CAMBODIA! A warm reception filled with welcomes and introductions I found it hard to remember everyone but it was nice to hear past travelling experiences and tips I could use in the future. We had a really long bus journey ahead of us, I think about 7 hours to Siem Reap..thank god for my iPod.. We crossed the border easily enough into Cambodia and arrived at our hotel mid afternoon.. In Siem Reap we all decided to take a tuk tuk ride to a nearby home school for a traditional meal and to teach the kids English and play games. The food was amazing and the kids were so cool! They didn't have much at all but were so happy and welcoming, always smiling and really enjoyed our company! If I had the chance to stay longer in Cambodia I think teaching English to children would be high on my list.
The next morning we woke up at 5am to see the highlight of Siem Reap, the temples at Angkor Wat at sunrise! It was incredible!! The temple itself was very impressive but to a backdrop of deep purple, pink, orange, blue was breathtaking. I can't upload a picture yet but the next time I have chance you will see the incredible colour of the sky! I couldn't help but stare in silence! For the rest of the day we continued to absorb temple culture and it's amazing man made design..hard to believe we were capable of building such structures so long ago with only man and animal power..
The day wasn't over yet!! In the afternoon we took a boat ride to a floating village.. when I heard "village" I thought a few shacks and a handfull of people.. HELL NO! It was an entire communiity, maybe around 5000 people, there was a school, police station, a bar, a market and so many shacks floating using only bamboo. Absolutely amazing to think that these people never left this area..they did everything over water and it was entirely a fishing community. Watching the sun touch the waters surface over this place as the day came to an end was just beautiful..Chilling on the roof of a boat with friends and these kind of views...I can get used to this!
Until next time,