Dear Cambodia: You were so special for so many reasons. And because of that I vow to come back one day.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure we would make it. I broke my foot the week before we were meant to go and as a result we had to reroute through Manila so I could see an orthopaedic and get my fancy boot. That meant we had to cut our time in Siem Reap in half, which meant we only got to see some of Angor Wat. We still did the main two things we came for: see Angor Wat and volunteer, but given more time I would have gotten the three day pass to Angor Wat rather than only one — and if I were more mobile I would have taken the kids to see it (I still regret that they didn’t get to see it but leaving them with a sitter seemed way smarter than getting them up at 445am to see it.). One of my friends @kellyisnotlost (as in IRL not just Insta) has been on an epic around the world trip this year and she has been serious inspo for me. Taking a page from her incredible journey, where she shares highs and lows about her travel, I’m going to share our high/low for Cambodia.
LOW: Obviously not getting to see more of Angor Wat, but mostly because for this sunrise and sunset obsessed girl, the day we went to see the sunrise it was cloudy. I would have dragged myself (and others ha!) back there for three days straight to see it if that’s what it took, but alas we could only go one day due to logistics and only having a few days in Siem Reap.
HIGH: The fact that I even got to see such an incredible site was such a gift, thanks to an incredible tour company I found who brought me a wheelchair and wheeled me from the van (which got to drive closer than anyone else given my state) and wheeled me to the front for perfect viewing. And of course our first time volunteering as a family of five was one of the highlights of our entire year, which will forever be one of our fondest memories about Siem Reap. 🙏🏻 .
Thank you, Cambodia, for your incredible hospitality, your amazing food, your beautiful traditional music and dance, your breathtaking and awe-inspiring temples, for being so accommodating and for welcoming us with open arms. Next stop Laos! 🇰🇭 🔜🇱🇦