Siem Reap, Cambodia

When I was younger, I always used to visualise myself in different places around the world. Stand on top of the Eiffel Tower, swim in the Mediterranean sea, walk on the Great of China, eat sushi in Tokyo… Throughout the years, these visions have turned into reality and every time I’m in that moment I feel so happy and grateful, because it feels like everything and everywhere is a reachable destination. For me, traveling to Cambodia and watching the sunrise in Angkor Wat felt a little like that again.

Although there are still so many more places in Cambodia I want to see, three days in Siem Reap was a good place to start. We (my best friend, Sammie and I) experienced the sunrise, received blessings from the temple runs, tuk-tuked around the city with the sweetest driver, ate with locals in a rural village, feasted at the night markets, visited endless museums and sights to learn more about the unique history of the country, met interesting people from all around the world, and the list goes on. An unforgettable trip is so many ways. Short, but sweet.

We met our tuk-tuk driver on our first day of arrival and he took us around everywhere we wanted to go for three days straight. He drove us to his family’s village and we ate local food, prepared in a very local way as you can see. He shared so many stories and perspectives on life that made me really reflect on myself and my life. This part of the trip was definitely the most cherishable one. I can’t quite describe it. Just experiencing this trip and my two months in Vietnam… I mean, wow. What a life you and I are living.

There are still so many other stories I haven’t told (like how I was literally half-blind the whole time in Cambodia), but I’m going to keep this post short. The fact that I managed to squeeze out a few sentences and not just upload a bunch of photos is already progress for me and my blog. Stay tuned for many, many more. P.S. The story behind this photo is pretty surreal. Need to finish the book I’m holding in my hand, and then you just might hear about it later.