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Giving Thanks in Siam Reap

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Hello wonderful friends, family, and readership.

I don't have very much time to make this very detailed, but I'd like to get just a few more photos up before I leave for Phenom Phen.

I returned to Angkor Wat two days ago. Rode my bicycle which was a really wonderful way to see the temples. I went alone, which I highly recommend to anyone because you get to go around at your own pace. I sat for a long time enjoying some spaces that appealed to me asthetically and spiritually.

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This was one of my favorite little rooms. The little pedastal (which surely held a Buddha sometimes in the past) was covered in soft green moss, the roof over head was open and shafts of sun light filtered through lush vines that spilled through the cracks in the rocks. The place was so cool and smelled like damp earth. I stayed here and mediated for a long time.

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That evening I met my friend Katie, who I met in Chiang Mai, and again at Vang Viang. We went to the night market and had our feet massaged by little fish!!! It felt so crazy at first and we were giggling and laughing so hard our tummies hurt

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NExt day, THANKSGIVING, we rode our bikes to a different floating village. It was more like a village on stilts, but it was so amazingly beautiful. See for yourself!

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And most dwellings had little pig stalls suspended over the water like this!!!

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And these little kids were SOOO cute. They were paddling around in little wash tubs, splashing us as we passed!

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Then Katie and I got in a little dugout canoe (kinda approprite for Thanksgiving, right?) and this nice girl paddled us through a submerged forest, which was really amazing. We floated serenely through the trees and the only sounds were those of her paddle softly splashing and birds and the drones of insects. Dragon flys flitted this way and that way and beautifully colored spiders hung suspended in delicat webs between tree branches. We passed many little fisheries, that our 5$ went towards sustaining:

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That evening we got together with some Germans, Portuguese, English, Austrailians and OF COURSE AMERICANS to celebrate THanksgiving> We went to Deadfish, which was a really fun restaurent. I dont' have time to tell you all about it here, because I"ve got to run and catch a bus if I can to Phenom Phen, but here's some photos of us at dinner and of the cambodian performances one can watch while eating.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm sooo thankful for so much, now more than ever! See you soon from Phenom Phen!

Posted by LadyCroft 19:54 Archived in Cambodia Tagged backpacking

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