My goodness, it's time to get our December blogged! The past month and a half have been so busy- I don't know what to do with myself!!
So- back to cambodia.
Cambodia and Angkor Wat have always been on my bucket list. And now I'm certain they should also be on EVERYbody's bucket list. This place was AMAZING!!!!! I wish I could double capitalize that. Or make my exclamation points LOUDER!! because, really, Cambodia is AMAZING!!!!!
I've got a gajillion pics. some from my cell phone, some my camera.
Cambodia was HOT. but 'luckily'- we visited in December when it's cooler and drier. Only 93-96 degrees- and not 90% humidity like in the summer :) I never thought anybody could call 96 'cooler temps'.
We traveled to Cambodia with three families. Ten kids, six adults. we looked like a traveling circus. we WERE a traveling circus.
Here are the 7 oldest kids with the monks at one of the Ruins. the other 3 monkeys are babies and don't sit still for pictures :) I can't believe how well our little circus did. My kids love traveling with their friends. It actually reduced their complaining by about 75%.
It also helped that touring the ruins and driving around on tuk-tuks was just plain awesome. Everything was fun and adventurous. EVERYTHING.
Our kiddos could run around and climb and explore and enjoy this place.
I couldn't believe the trees at these ancient temples. They are all SO old. and the tree roots are SO big. This one was like a giant snake wrapping up and around walkways.
There are long hallways and rooms and windows everywhere. they go on and on and on.
I found a large group of Russians at this temple and they couldn't stop asking me questions about my kids and their ages!! I love hearing and speaking (although now very poorly) Russian!! one lady at this spot was arguing with her husband about how they could have brought their baby if we did!! I told her we were crazy.
look at the details of the carvings!! and these are faded and eroded after hundreds and hundreds of years!!
my favorite meal in all of cambodia was had at this little temple side spot. the Chicken amok and fresh fruit was beyond heavenly. creamy non spicy coconutty chicken and dragonfruit mixed with mangoes and pineapple and watermelon and bananas.
on the grounds of the temple is the 'library' of Bayon. I overheard somewhere that it has the best views of the temple so we decided to climb it and get some shots. It was A LOT steeper than it appeared from the bottom. Zeb was about to break down in tears here. He was so nervous. and it was SO HOT. I was dripping sweat getting this picture. I think Ike scampered up and down these stairs 4 or 5 times. he was making a lot of other tourists nervous!!The view was great. But it was still BRIGHT and SCORCHING!!!
Here's a new temple with lots of headless guards lining a bridge over a moat leading up to it. I jumped over the bodies and clung on for my life to get a picture as one of their heads :) Totally worth it.
I asked if I could take his picture and he said yes.