cambodia

Evan and Rachel’s Passport Tag!

As you know we recently went on a short trip to Japan! While going through immigration and looking through our passports, I realized that I hadn’t left Korea in over a YEAR!! I was definitely ready for a vacation, even if it was only 3 days!

It’s always fun to look through my passport and reminisce about all of the wonderful places I’ve had the opportunity to visit in the past 5 years. SO I had the idea to make a passport tag! I think looking at other travelers passports and hearing their stories is so interesting. Please feel free to answer the tag questions in the comments or upload your own video as a video response on our youtube channel! We’d love to hear from you.

QUESTIONS:
1. What is your most recent stamp?
2. What was your first stamp?
3. What’s your coolest looking stamp?
4. What’s the most meaningful stamp?
5. What was the most difficult stamp to get?


My Cambodian Adventure: An Unintended Result

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While checking my email at Hotel 9 in Phnom Penh, I struck up a conversation with an Australian woman and her daughter, whom I had seen the night before in the same common area enjoying a cigarette and beer, chatting under one of the intense ceiling fans incrementally reducing the choking heat and humidity on these early June nights.


Queer Links from the Week


RANT FROM THE BEACH

“I have the soul of a poet, not a Gila monster.”

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In an Unremarkable Corner

DSC00904In an unremarkable corner, in a quiet temple in Phnom Penh I found this bowl of water with flowers floating on top.  There is something about these flowers that keep drawing me back to this picture, and I wanted to share it. Maybe it’s the colors, or the lightness in a dark space, or even just the shine of the waters on the petals, but I do need to remember to keep an eye out for the unexpected beauty not only when I travel, but in the places I pass every day.  I hope you have a lovely Wednesday and find beauty in unexpected places.

From Busan with Love,
Jenna


Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was one of my favorite temples that I visited in Cambodia, and it’s not too surprising. Along with Bayon, Ta Prohm had that feeling of being a lost temple filled with potential discovery, which I loved.

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Even when it was swarming with tour groups (a lot of which were Korean), there were plenty of nooks and crannies ripe for exploring away from the crowds.


I’m A Tree Hugger

I started writing about Ta Prohm, but looking through my pictures there was so many ones I liked, and so much to talk about I didn’t know where to start.  In the end I felt that I needed split it up so one post wouldn’t have 50 pictures in it.

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Ta Prohm was the only temple my friend Russ and I ended up going to twice, and was the last temple we visited before leaving Siem Reap so I have a lot of pictures and a lot of things to talk about.


Souvenir Shopping

I didn’t buy much in the way of things while I was in Cambodia, but the ‘souvenirs’ that took up the most space in my backpack were food.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I love going into supermarkets and stores in other countries, even convenience stores.  Markets are amazing, but there’s something about getting a peek into the daily lives and shopping habits of other people who I love.In Koh Kong I got some strange ice cream from a supermarket that I still don’t know the flavor of, in Siem Reap while getting snacks for a twelve-hour bus ride I found fantastic (and loud) Kettle Chips.

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Bayon

After a stunning sunrise, and some pancakes at the “Lady Gaga” food tent near the lake, we headed off to the nearby temple of Bayon.

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Bayon and Ta Prohm were my two favorite temples of the whole trip.  Bayon, or ‘that one temple with all the faces’, really felt and looked unreal.  The fact that it’s a Buddhist temple amongst a lot of Hindu temples does make it stand out, but it really was more than that.


My Cambodian Christmas

I have so much that I want to share about my recent trip to Cambodia, that I really don’t know where to start.  I guess I could have started at the beginning, (I remember hearing that it’s a very good place to start) but talking about how I got super sick on the plane didn’t seem that exciting.  Instead, I decided to start with Christmas.

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