Postcards from Abroad - April Update

Monday, April 08, 2013

I'm nearing the last leg of my journey with Australia and New Zealand on the horizon. Big, epic adventures are on the itinerary from trekking thru & helicoptering over glaciers, road tripping from the North to South Islands of NZ in a campervan, wine tasting by bicycle, cuddling with a koala, and visiting Hobbiton. I've been waiting for this part of my backpacking tour and on the 8th, I'll be on my way. Make sure to order a Postcard from Abroad if you want a snippet of the travels!

Here are photos of last month's postcards:

Bicycling through Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 My rented ride. Biked about 40-50 km. I was very sweaty in the 90+ degree heat.
I sat down to paint this tree (because how could you not?!?) and by the end, I had quite an audience and some fellow painters with me.
 Showing her how to use the watercolors.
 The crowd gathered to watch sunset at one of the wats was more interesting than the actual sunset, IMO.
I was continually astounded by how open and well-preserved the temples were. I felt like a kid wandering through corridors, windows, and doors, not sure where exactly they would lead me, or climbing up steep stone steps for a stunning view. My favorites were the trees perhaps as old as the temples themselves essentially crushing the wat walls to grow. 

Besides Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is a lovely city. The people are really kind, and the tuktuk drivers are very creative with their solicitations. Best of all, the food is delicious and cheap. I can't wait to go back!
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