The Week That Was #2019-01

At long last, the silence has been broken! Honestly, I start too many entries in a similar fashion on this blog. The last period of activity stretched from the end of July 2018 until i posted my New Year’s Eve shaky-cam video earlier this week. I haven’t checked but I believe it to have been the longest gap in the history of Asian Meanderings and perhaps going back as far as ‘Burque Blog. Does anybody remember that incarnation?

As the end of 2018 approached, I thought that the best way to rejuvenate what was once my one and only blog was by taking a look at the year that was. I began sorting through photos taken and journal entries written each day in attempts to find something interesting to highlight. There were quite a few blog-worthy happenings throughout the year but I quickly bored of trying to find them and put them into a form that people would actually enjoy reading! I got as far as mid-March before I abandoned the project.

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In Cambodia Part 4: Ta Prohm

20130413-085134I left the main Angkor Wat temple complex relatively early in the morning in an effort to beat the crowds to the scenic and shady Ta Prohm.  I was successful in this plan as I had the temple relatively to myself during most of my visit.  The only other tourists were a few Europeans (some from Italy, a couple from Estonia, and a few Englishmen) but towards the end of my stay I encountered hoards of Chinese.  Why do they have to shout ALL THE TIME (disturbing the tranquility of the jungle) and why do they feel compelled to climb all about the stones and trees?

20130413-080352Still, Ta Prohm is my favorite of the ruins that I visited during this trip to Siem Reap.  A decision was made early in the twentieth century to leave this site in it’s “natural state” and it does remain largely unrestored.  The massive strangler fig and silk-cotton trees growing out of the towers and corridors of the temple lend a “jungle atmosphere” and some of the best “tree-in-temple” photo opportunities to be found anywhere.  However, much of the ground vegetation has recently been cleared, large wooden walkways have been installed, and there are numerous “off-limits” signs as areas have collapsed and walls are being propped up by various forms of supports and scaffolding.  That, and the crowds taking refuge underneath the shady trees does detract somewhat from the experience but Ta Prohm is still worth extended exploration of it’s dark corridors and open plazas.

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