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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Postcards From SE Asia: Siem Reap International Airport in Cambodia

Despite the reuired $25 per person to leave the country, Siem Reap International Airport was sweet: tropically landscaped, small, and uncrowded. So far, all flights have been on time, no luggage has been lost, customs has taken no interest in anything.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Postcards From SE Asia: Ta Prohm in Angkor Thom in Cambodia

Indiana Julia and Indiana Dottie where the tree roots are taking over the old temple of Ta Prohm. (Apparently parts of Indiana Jones were filmed here) I keep trying to remember that poem about Xanadu in Kubla Khan... wasn't that about a monument standing proud but also being taken over by the jungle? Tonight's project for google...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Postcards From SE Asia: Bayon in Angkor Thom in Cambodia

Absolutely Colossal! Five gates, each topped by 4 colossal heads facing the four directions, with larger than life lines of demons and gods lining the roads leading to the gates, holding tight to the multi-headed world snake, which churns the water of life. And inside, the walled city of Angkor Thom. And in Angkor Thom, the temple of Bayon, which my guide book tells me contains 216 gargantuan heads. And here I am, with one of them!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Postcards From SE Asia: Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Lucky for me, Dottie brought an umbrella to keep the sun off us. Now that we're back in town, we'll get another one for me. This is in front of Angkor Wat, the large temple at the site of Angkor. Spectacular! Every surface carved and decorated. Wall releifs stretching for hundres of feet, cool corrdiors and hot courtyards. But this was only first and perhaps least of the spectacles of the temples of Angkor.

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