Friday, January 23, 2009

All By Myself: In Conclusion, Thailand and Cambodia

November 2008: I found myself in Thailand and Cambodia all by myself. I was a little nervous to travel alone at first but I pounded myself on the chest, just as Ms. Dion taught me to and hopped on the plane.

My two main reasons for this trip were:
1) To fulfill several of my dreams
2) To get myself completely out of my element and challenge myself.

My flight landed past midnight in Bangkok and I began to wonder where I was going to sleep that night...I had absolutely nothing planned. Lack of planning is not my usual MO and believe me I attempted many many times but every time I sat down to put things in order nothing came of it. I believe it's the way things needed to be. I think I just needed to go and take whatever paths I chose to take as they arose along the way.

I still find myself struggling to find a way to describe this trip to people because it was unlike anything I've ever done before. It wasn't a vacation for one thing...a vacation is a break from life, whether you enjoyed it or not...this was not that. This was living my life while traveling. Evey day I had to scavenge for food, make sure I had a place to sleep that night, figure out how to get from here to there, experience discrimination, learn cultural differences, deal with grief, be alone every night, make new friends everyday and the hardest part, there is no escaping you when you are the only one there.

Yet at the same time I was living this adventurous fantasy! White water rafting, elephant riding, kayaking, island hopping, climbing amongst ancient ruins, exploring new cities, discount shopping that puts Ross to shame, plane rides, bus rides, train rides, tuk tuks, hoofing it, MASSAGES. The scenery was so varied and completely stunning. The people were amazing. I met people from all over the world and let me tell you this world is abounding with good people. People who care, who want to make a difference and leave the world a better place than how they found it. I love that I learned that.

Anyway, I didn't intend to go on and on I was just going to announce that I've finally pulled together all the pictures. There are a lot of pictures but I broke them down by catagory so they would be easier to go through and I'm not very good at editing pictures so they are all as they were taken...



Chiang Mai:
Chaing Mai


Krabi, Southern Thailand

Angkor Wat:
Angkor Wat

The rest of the wats I visited in the Angkor area:
Wats in the Angkor area

Floating Village:
Floating Village, Cambodia

The People:
The People



Laura said...

Great pictures! The floating village is pretty unique. Is this their answer to rising sea levels or a land shortage? I just can't imagine why people would want to live in a lake!

Josh said...

Wow! What an AMAZING trip. Thank you so much for sharing. And you have a nice eye for taking pictures I might add.

AmyJune said...

I'm so glad you started a blog.

Renee said...

have i mentioned that i think you're cool?

deborah said...

I don't even know if I can comment anymore, I had so many thoughts flow through my brain as I looked through everything. I loved your insightful opening comments. Found your captions hilarious, and completely enjoyed your beautiful photos! What a trip!

Alysha said...

oops! I was logged in under my boss. The above comments are actually from me! Final comment, I have to admit, it took me a while to understand why you took a picture of the Lucky Department Store... I'm a little slow!

peter said...

It's normal to be afraid when you have to travel alone and mainly whether that country you are heading to is Thailand or Cambodia. I mean because of the conflicts that have been taken place there. I feel more confidence there and in any country when I have my tablet of Generic Viagra, I don't know why.

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