Cambodia

Trip Start May 13, 2007
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Thursday, May 31, 2007

A six hour bus ride. Getting lost with a drunk tuk-tuk driver. Five or more offers to buy pot. A dinner and show that was not worth one penny of what we paid for. A massage beyond our expectations. Two fantastic hostels with great English speaking staff. A sunset my eyes would have only imagined. Another problem concerning Colombian passports. A trip to a country's dark and painful past, only to be compared with the Holocaust in WWII, and another trip to an even further past. A magnificent time of yore filled with life, uniqueness and devotion, a past that is worthy of creating one of the world's greatest ancient wonders. This in essence, is Cambodia.

We arrived in the middle of the night. Not exactly my recommendations if you ever visit Cambodia. When you are landing you realize there is nothing, literally nothing. No lights, buildings, streets or cars. You start asking yourself what exactly you are doing here.
As we came out of the terminal, we easily spotted the sign that said "Mr. Guzman." Our transportation to the hostal had been taken care of for a pricy amount of 20,000 Riel, $5 USD. Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, struck us hard or at least, me.
As we drove to our hostal and stared at the streets we drove through, I said to myself: "This is by far the most deteriorated and underdeveloped country I have ever been to". I would dare to say that not one of Latin America's country capitals are similar to this. I won't be writing more about Phnom Penh. I find it too hard to describe and truly believe that my pictures will be able to say so much more of what I saw and felt.

The following day, after finishing touring Phnom Penh, we took a bus to Siem Rep. Siem Rep is home to the famous Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat. I was hoping to catch the boat, as it seemed to be a more interesting ride, but the tide was too low. The bus ride took us about 5 hours and after almost hitting 3 people, 6 cows, one dog and a bird, we made it to Siem Rep. I tried speaking to two cute girls on the bus, their phones went off about 7 times always playing Enrique Iglesias songs. It didn't really turned out as I expected. Basically the only words they knew in English and Spanish combined were, "Hero", "Enrique" and "Iglesias"

We stayed in Siem Rep for two nights. This city is a completely different country from Phnom Penh and the rest of Cambodia. I would suggest for them to get their independence and establish a new country. We toured most of ruins of Angkor on Saturday and on Sunday morning we left back to Singapore. Angkor was amazing, a true world wonder. It is the largest religious site in the world and worth every little second of it.
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mgbenecke
mgbenecke on

Hello traveler!
Me disfruto tus aventuras, segui escribiendo y contando, a mi me encantaria hacer un viaje asi, sobre todo para tomar fotos.
Estoy en NY otra vez, te mando un beso,
Gaby

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