Siem Reap should really be thankful they have Angkor Wat
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What a scary morning it was, well for me at least! Our bathroom, which I must mention again is shared with the other guests, the guesthouse's staff and some tuktuk drivers who pass by, is located a few meters outside our room and the water really really stinks I never thought that showering would be so much torture. Much worse, as I made my way back to our room I was freaked out by this scary man staring at me. And there's no doubt he was staring at me (wasn't even blinking... as I remember!) since no one else was awake and all the lights were closed and then it seemed to me that catching up the sunrise at Angkor Wat wasn't really some trend.
The tuktuk ride to Angkor was very very relaxing that I couldn't help but close my eyes and enjoy the cool breeze of morning embracing my body and savor the humble scent of the huge jungle trees towering above us (ahhhhh that's some creative writing there huh! nyahahaha). It was very very very veeery dark in Angkor when we got there. I only had to use my phone light to see where I was walking at but it barely helped. I don't know what crossed our brains when we decided to walk straight to the Angkor temple in pitch dark. I was so afraid I would fall into some secret trapdoor or if some angry moving statues would jump into me and then kidnap me and then sell me to some scary looking security guard and force me to marry him and cook for him or or .
I don't know how to relate the part when we almost got in to the temple and there was this buddha with purple lights and some grumpy life form speaking in some ancient language which I am guessing was telling us to go away and we're not allowed in yet. We did walk our way a million miles back and found a spot to watch the sunrise. A bit annoyed by some people offering seats in exchange for some bucks as if I have not suffered enough that sitting on the ground with be such big deal.
And yeahhh there was the marvelous sunrise, bunch of people taking pictures of it, and then.... ahhh what else to say about the great Angkor! We went back inside again and ahhh what a wonderful experience.
After a few steps I was still OK but only a few more made me realize how awfully terrifying it was and that it was actually DEADLY. My stomach got the shakies really really bad and all I could think about was death and family. It would be awful to die in Angkor Wat without my family knowing where I really was, oh and God knows if they ever know Angkor Wat or where Cambodia is, they might probably think it was in China! And what will our neighbors say! The humiliation of death! All these thoughts (might have actually worsened my situation) I used to motivate and force myself to get up there and it actually worked! Ahhhh I was sooo happy when I got on the top without ever falling and cracking my head into pieces.
The climb and the near death experience was all worth it as I walked around the towers. I even got to rest for a while and watched the sun slowly rising up. It was quiet, calm and cool and a moment that will forever tickle my heart (ahhh cheesy i know!). The climb down was just as difficult but it didn't bother me anymore. Too bad for Eka, could have been some great travel story for her if she climbed as well. It's not like everyday we'll be here.
Anyway, after Angkor we went looking for our tuktuk driver but before we found him there were a bunch of kids offering souvenirs to us. I am a sucker for postcards and keychains so I gladly entertained them. I bought 5 keychains for 4 dollars from one kid and felt like a superwoman because it was offered for 5 dollars first.
The tuktuk driver took us to some place there for breakfast. I didn't ate much of my 5$ breakfast and me and Eka were the only ones in that restaurant while at the next place it was packed with people eating deliciously, proof that it wasn't a good place to eat at! After 'eating' we headed to the other temples.
We went to the Bayon temple which I looove very much. And some more temples which I also have to climb (one was even taller than the Angkor, beat that neighbors!! hahahaha).
We were getting pretty tired already even though it was nearly just noon. We wanted to get some rest, especially me who's feeling like some temple warrior already, so we asked the driver if we could go back to the hostel for a while and then come back again in the afternoon.
We had our lunch at the Japanese hostel nearby again and had some few naps in the afternoon. I hardly remember what else we did later that day and all I can think of is we walked around Siem Reap at night, ate our last meal at the Japanese hostel/restaurant, played some hideous and embarassing game of pools in our hostel, and went to sleep.