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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Written on: Monday February 5th, 2007

A journal entry from: Southeast Asia

Be prepared for a range of emotions if visiting Siem Reap! It's a journey of absolute spiritual inspiration seeing the magnificent temples of Angkor! But it's also a journey of despair seeing the stark reality of poverty! You marvel at the genius of the ancient Khmers - at their devotion, at their endurance (and the ego of King Jayavarman VII!) and at the power of the jungle to reclaim it all! But how little we have progressed  with all our modern technology and skills. We are still unable to provide the basics - food, shelter and clean water for all and a short drive and boat ride  to impoverished Chong Kneas (a floating village) was a reminder from the great Angkor gods to strive to follow the four divine states of mind: charity, compassion, sympathy and equanimity. 

 

From Bryan Rite on Feb 7th, 2007

Oh man, I love Siem Reap. Even though its incredibly touristy, be sure to visit Ankor Wat at sunrise and the mountain (name?) at sunset. So beautiful, you just have to try and keep the 1000s of other people out of your view.

From Linda and Ted Pepperdine on Feb 11th, 2007

We are really enjoying reading and seeing your photos of your trip. What an incredible experince you are having! We enjoyed having Julie for Christmas! What a "cutie" she is!