In continuing to blog about my adventures last week, I come to the highlight of the trip: The phenomenal Angkor Wat temple complex. This is going to be a short(ish) post with regards to text, because in this case photos speak so much better.
Angkor Wat is stunning. Everything you would ever imagine. Huge. Ancient. Mysterious. Overgrown. Overwhelming. Intricate, yet rugged, and looking like a set straight out of Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider (sort of because it is…). If you can go, please do. It will take your breath away.
I think I’ve caught a glimpse of what church is meant to look like.
Yesterday morning and all of Saturday I was in the Cambodian town of Poipet, right on the border with Thailand. The guide books call this place the ‘Armpit of Cambodia’, but it was there, in a small church service overlooking the dusty street, that I was hit by some of the most beautiful images of unity, grace, faithfulness-without-borders and family that I’ve ever seen.
Due to only having a korean iPhone for internet usage, I can’t tell you in full what’s been going on… Except that it’s been amazing. Soon you’ll be hearing of lime green oceans of billowing rice fields, of clambering through claustrophobic Viet Cong tunnels, of friendships that cross any sort of language barrier, and, of course, Angkor Wat. Just got back from the temple complex itself. Overwhelming.
A short post today, just to let you know what I’m up to over the next few days. This afternoon I fly out of Singapore to the mystical world of Vietnam, to meet up with some of the programmers we’ve been working with (the guy I’m working for is already out there). This part of the journey will be fine.
However, slightly more nerve-wrecking is the second leg, where I dive into Cambodia by bus, on my own, for a couple of days. Granted I’ve prepared everything to the smallest detail, and granted I’m going to get to see Angkor Wat, but I’m still pretty nervous! If by some fluke/miracle I make it to Friday evening in one piece, I’m then going to meet up with Katie Brown for a day, leaving on Saturday morning to head to Bangkok (which is where I catch a plane back).
Should be good, but there’s a lot of room for error! Please be praying I keep what few wits I have about me…!