Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cambodia Diaries: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

I am grateful that I have the opportunity to see the world one city, one country at a time. 

This barrio girl imagined the world as a little girl through the eyes of the countless authors whose books I have read. Back then, traveling seemed like a preposterous idea, money-wise. Three decades later, traveling is a limitless possibility. Thanks to budget airlines, the Internet for hotel and tour options that are within reach of one's fingertips. 

On the eve of the commemoration of the EDSA Revolution, we leave for a country much storied about the atrocities it suffered in the Khmer Rouge Regime. In the 70s, Phnom Penh was dubbed as the killing fields. 

Three decades later, it is rebuilding its country and opened its doors to tourism. It is significant to note that Angelina Jolie put the country into the map when she made the movie, Tomb Raider in the now UNESCO protected Angkor Wat in the city of Siem Reap. 

We can't wait to see and marvel at the architectural wonder of Angkor Wat. 
Photo Source: Wikipedia

Get to know the locals and their culture. Try its local cuisine. Bike around the temples. Watch the sunset. Catch the sunrise. People watch.

I hope to witness how this country has transformed itself and its people re-building their lives, their identity. I want to give back. 

Watch out for my Siem Reap photo blog in the next few days!



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