I got them old traveler's - you know

Trip Start May 18, 2005
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Trip End Jul 10, 2005


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Saturday, June 4, 2005

We're staying at the Two Dragons GH, down a small dirt (muddy) lane off a side street in SR. There is no traffic and the people around are friendly. The GH is run by an American ex-pat who is out of town at the moment. Two Dragons is very clean, food excellent - but expensive, like $2.75 USD for pat si ew, and there are great photos on the walls. All in all a nice place.

We got some little battery-operated speakers in HK that are attached to portable CD or MP3 players. So here we are in this clean, AC room listening to Robert Earl Keen, Van Morrison, Willie, U2, Beethoven, Bach, and so on. It's good, all right.

Except I had a long night with multiple multiple trips to bathroom. Still feeling bad in the morning, but, onward.

We got up at 0430 for an 0500 pickup by tuk-tuk to see sunrise over Angkor Wat.
- Angkor = the entire temple complex.
- Angkor Wat = most commonly pictured temple - 12th century - 5 towers on an elevated platform 1025x800 meters with towers and so on representing the universe.
- Bayon = Buddhist and Hindu ruin with huge faces set into the towers - most faces of the Boddhisatva Avaloketshivara (not sure spelling name).

Sunrise was beautiful. I know, I know, I keep promising photos and someday, they'll be here. There were probably more than a 100 people there for sunrise, but no problem at all finding places where they were not. David and I walked up the long stone walkway across the moat through to the central building and on through to the other side. Stunning views in every direction. Walked past Angkor Wat to a smaller building same era and then through a cool and kind of eerie forest (though I sweated through my trousers - like the Hotel California guy) and back around to the front. By now the long night was catching up to me.

We went to one of the open air restaurants near the temple to use the restroom and have something to eat. The restroom, such as it was, was interesting. The water tank for use cleaning and flushing was shared by the two stalls. Made me think of the Seinfeld when Elaine was in the restroom and couldn't get the woman next to her to pass over any toilet paper. In this case, however, the dipper was passed.

Bayon was next - a huge pile of ruins, with multiple towers, each with large faces carved into the blocks of stone. Many small corridors, cool and dark and nobody around.

By now I was weakening: + abd pain, dehydrated - so I went back to the GH and lay in the bed in a stupor - except of course, for those fast trips to ... The overhead fan has an irregular clicking sound and I kept dreaming that David was standing outside the room at the door, knocking with a quarter. David and Jeff got back around 1pm. By then I was better, especially after David turned on the AC. DK and I talked for awhile and he fell asleep, as did I.

The rain started about 4pm. This is my 3rd monsoon and I am so happy to be in it - though I hope it is not as heavy as the 2nd, when water covered everything but the highest points and I got trench foot such that my feet were like two gross pink cantalopes & I had to crawl everywhere for a week.

So yeah, let it rain. LET IT RAIN. To be here with my son is a blessing beyond belief.
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chaskemp
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beyond measure
it is indeed a blessing beyond measure for the two of you to have this time/ this place together. i live you both with all my heart. leslie

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