Our first morning was bright and sunny, which is what seems to happen everyday in Cambodia. The first thing we wanted to do was go to Angkor Wat. We got ourselves a guide as most everyone does and headed off with our driver. Along the road you quickly realize you are in another land. Everyone is on bicycles and scooters. A few scooters went by us, with what appeared to be giant wings. As I got closer I realized they weren't wings but huge pigs that had been freshly gutted. They were tied to long poles and being driven to the butcher on these tiny scooters. A few guys were driving along with as many as three enormous pigs tied to their seat. We entered Angkor through the back door. Our guide said it was better to see with the sun to our backs. We strolled through the jungle past a cow grazing and in through the steps of the old gate crumbling in the jungle. I could hear a loud siren wailing or the sound of some type of drilling equipment. Our guide said it was the sound of the locusts. No shit, what the hell type of locusts were these? Did they have tiny loud speakers? Wat does not disappoint. It's as great as the photos you see of it.
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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