Asia Trip VI: Angkor Wat
Asia Trip VI: The Faces of Bayon Temple
JANUARY 3, 2010: Bayon Temple was probably my favorite on our trip to Angkor Wat. There are faces everywhere. Sometimes if you think you are just looking at a hunk of stone, when you look more carefully you see a face.
Asia Trip V: Carvings Near Angkor Wat
Asia Trip III: Jungle Temple of Ta Prohm
JANUARY 3, 2010: We set off at 8:30 in the morning to see some of the famous temples near Siem Reap. Although all are usually referred to as Angkor Wat by tourists, there is only one temple actually called Angkor Wat. This one is called Ta Prohm and it is being taken over by banyan trees. It was one of my favorites.
Yes, but what will I read on vacation?
Fourteen hours from DC to Tokyo. Seven hours from Tokyo to Bangkok. Sixteen days or so in Asia, including seven on a beach, then another 21 hours to get home. Not to mention all the time in airports.
I need some books to read.
What to Do on a Snowy Day?
We don’t get many truly snowy days here in Washington DC. And it has been a long time since one of my childhood snow days in Minnesota. So I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself today. The obvious thing to do would be to read. But do you ever find that when you have oodles of time to read the urge to read diminishes? I do sometimes. Today was one of those days.
So, I decided to do a dry run on the packing for our upcoming trip to Thailand and Cambodia. This seemed especially important given that we have decided to take only carry-on luggage. Once we get to Asia we have about five puddle jumper flights and the thought of lugging a big suitcase and waiting five times for it to come off the baggage carousel (actually nine if you count the trip over the Pacific each way and the customs clearance in Tokyo on the way there and Beijing on the way home) was way more than I wanted to contemplate.
Since 18 days is a long time to live off of carry-on luggage, laundry will have to be done along the way. I figure each time we check into a hotel we have one outfit on the body and two get handed over to be laundered. That should keep us smelling nice.
For the most part the weather will be warm with some chilly nights up in the north in Chiang Mai so at least we only had to pack for one climate.
Kenya a Year Later
One year ago today we hopped on a BA flight out of Heathrow and landed in Nairobi, Kenya for an amazing week of Safari. We are lucky to get to travel a fair amount but nothing will ever compare to our week in Kenya.
UPDATE: If you want to see more pictures, you can go back into the My Porch archives from December 2008 to see them. After clicking on the link just scroll past the first few posts to see all the photos from the Safari.