Today I had taro frozen yogurt in my neighborhood parlor. So what does that have to do with my blog? Simply, the taste took me back to a journey through seven countries I remember with great nostalgia and fondness. So it seemed so very right to get back to this blog to relive and share the second half of it even when it has been three months since I returned from it.
Last I left you was in Cambodia with a visit to the Killing Fields. Less somber areas to cover from now on.
We leave Phnom Penh today and head over to Siem Reap. Thaly –our only female guide- is there to see us off. People are well into their day. The road awaits us and it will be an all day trek. We will go through Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom provinces. Stupas along the way…
Orchids hang from the balcony. Reminds me of all the orchids my mother grew in her backyard. There you go again Asia, a million miles and time period away and you are bringing me closer to my past than I’ve been in a while.
We pass by numerous lotus plantations. The lotus plant is not only beautiful but every bit of it is of use. Every part of it can and is used for medicinal purposes. At the side of the road we spot a vendor selling its fruit. Some in our party are excited to see it since they used it in salads and have not been able to see it any other place outside of India.
But the lotus flower is so beautiful that one almost forgets the rest.
We stop and gawk but must continue on toward spiders and crickets and water bugs and lots more creepy crawlers. When we get there, one tarantula decides to check the time on Tom’s watch. Our tour guide approaches me with it and I don’t think I’ve ever jumped back as quickly as I did then. Some of his species where not as lucky as it was and ended up in this huge pile on the side of the road, fried to a crisp. Yep, I actually had one –all I could taste was the rancid oil it had been fried in- though I decided to pass on the crickets and water bugs…
We are back on the bus. Our next stop is a stone carving village. No matter what culture, children always like to play.
It’s almost hard to appreciate the skill it takes to carve them when there are so many together.
The larger the piece the more valuable it is and the more skilled the carver has to be.
After which we visit the ancient bridge of Kampong Kdei. Three things I am particularly fond of photographing: bridges, windows and doors.
I am happy snapping away.
Ah, but I forgot: faces, I love photographing faces, specially when they are not aware of it.
At night we go to a Angkor Mondial restaurant and show. The dancers were amazing. A characteristic that stuck to me of the dance is how the women, while dancing, bend their fingers back so much that it seems that they will break.
Tomorrow we will go to Angkor Wat, a visit I have been looking forward to throughout the trip!