A little real-time note for you on this October Sunday.
This past week in Phnom Penh: Cambodians mourning the death of Former-King Sihanouk
Ted and I are in the middle of our five week circuit in Southeast Asia, and I’ve been fumbling around behind the scenes with the tail end of South Africa posts and the next stretch of updates from Zanzibar, Thailand, Laos, and now Cambodia.
I’m bursting with photos and tales and ideas to share, but, I’ll be honest, I’m trying to make good on honoring my first priority to truly experience this trip alongside Ted and live in the moment rather than succumb to the temptation to hole-up and spend 72+ hours editing photos and writing stories by the glow of the laptop.
In my compulsively chronological mind, it seems wrong to jump around on the timeline too much, so when I’m faced with limited time to finish sorting posts, I usually just wait. You can always catch the day-to-day tidbits in the Daily Travel Journal, if you’re super curious.
The quick update is this:
We’re currently in Cambodia, recently Phnom Pehn (see photos below), and now Siem Reap. Today we visited Tonle Sap Lake’s Floating Villages with Intrepid’s Urban Adventures, and tomorrow we begin our independent visits the temples of Angkor Wat…
In just ten days (I can hardly believe it!), we’ll be in New Zealand, in time to crash the Mumford & Son’s concert on November 2nd. My cousin comes to visit us in NZ in mid-November, then my parents join us for the grand finale in mid-December.
On Christmas Day, we take our constantly-packed-bags and fly back to Oregon, splitting the holiday between summer and winter, south and north hemispheres, and the end of one adventure and beginning of the next… I daresay it’s going to feel like a million dollars to unpack and not need to squish life back into a duffel.
New Years Eve holds promise…and we’ve already got plans brewing (coffee and otherwise!) for January and February.
Between now and then, I’ll keep chugging away on posts. I love having you along for the journey! Thanks so much for reading and for peeking through our camera viewfinder to share the sightseeing.
For tonight, I’ll leave you with this series of photos from this past week in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. We spent six days with our good friend, Jenny, who has been living and working in the city since January 2010. We arrived on Monday, the day after Cambodia’s former King Sihanouk passed away in China. On Wednesday afternoon, his body was flown back to the capital city, and we joined the crowd of a million people lining the streets from the airport to the Royal Palace to pay their respects.
Monks and officers.
Kiddos and cameramen.
Lotus blossoms and melting wax candles…and melting westerners in the blistering heat.
We had no way of knowing we’d be in Cambodia for such an historic day, but we’re grateful for guided steps. This grand adventure continues to humble and to teach and to bless.
Enjoy the view…
For more about King Norodom Sihanouk, see here.
For a peek at one of our afternoons volunteering with Jenny’s NGO, see here.
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