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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

I am always a lady and its always a dollar- in their singsong, always polite, definitely annoying tone, kids and adults try to sell you beads, bracelets, postcards, their grandmother. Just for a dollar! The whole idea of US dollar being the unofficial-official currency of Kingdom of Wonder - Cambodia is amusing. They don't use their own money themselves...for example, the tuk tuk driver bought gas for 2 USD (not in khmer riel). I think currency is one of many ways one feels a sense of national identity. So, the Cambodians trade in USD and their signage is in French. Hmmmm...Oh well. Idle thought while spending a fabulous few days spent among the ruins of Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The pictures are endless- have patience clicking through, as I just couldn't decide which temple, which ruin, which photo took my breathe away. Everytime I walked in to a ruin, I almost could hear the soundtrack of Indiana Jones in the background, and I wished I looked as good as Lara Croft in shorts! 

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The first misconception I had was that Angkor Wat is just one temple-- true. However, it is one of many in a complex of temples built over a 1000 years ago, over a period of 200 years. Second misconception was that I could ride a bicycle from one site to another. That is such a laughable thought- the complex is sprawling, with miles and miles of paved and dirt roads. And the sun is exhausting (100 degrees!). But I guess I cannot be Indiana Jones from inside an air-conditioned car. So, mode of transportation was tuk tuk, with private driver no less ($12-20 a day). 

The wonderful thing about such ancient history is that if I take my future kids to Angkor, it will be unchanged, remaining the same, proudly saying phoeey to the eroding sands of time.

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Posted by Goofy9 03:08 Archived in Cambodia

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We really hope that someday you print off our blog and put it in form of a book, you are such an excellent writer in your desciptions and humor of life G. LOVED the photos!!! Didn't realize you were in Cambodia, we just cannot keep up with you. Sending hugs and much love-

by Lyn and Gar

wonderful pictures thank you! Laura Croft was photoshopped, you look great, get over it!

by Hilary

I like the sound of a book, but other than you guys, who would read it?!

Dr. G - thanks for the vote of confidence. I'd like to photoshop some photos too!

by Goofy9

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