Saturday, January 3, 2009

Wrapping it up

OK, I've pulled out some photos from the remainder of my trip home. I've about shucked off the insidious influence of jet lag, and am feeling quite a bit better today.

Ceramic decorations at the Buddhist Wat Pho in Bangkok, said to be the originating place for Thai massage:

Ridiculously ornate spires of religious buildings at the Grand Palace. The one on the right houses the Emerald Buddha, which is actually made from a big hunk of jade. Go figure...

A bit less spruced up view of Poi Pet, which was the border town where we entered Cambodia:

The first light of day silhouettes the spires of Angkor Wat:

Tree roots both support and destroy the stones of the Ta Prohm temple, which was used in the movie "Tomb Raider":

The temple of Bayon has spires with four faces of one of the kings in each cardinal direction. This one was super cool:

The diminutive, but beautiful, Bantay Sreay. This Hindu temple was made with pink sandstone, and had some very intricate carvings that were in remarkable good condition. Hopefully they'll stay that way:

Portal inside Bantay Sreay:

Detail of some of Bantay Sreay's carvings; I don't know what the figures are supposed to be:

The floating homes of refugees (probably from Vietnam or Cambodians still displaced by the Khmer Rouge) at Tonle Sap lake:

Rice fields near Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia:

So, with that this chapter of the greater adventure (life) comes to a close. I'll keep blogging some here from home as cool stuff happens. I'll make no promises about how often that might come to pass, though. Should the employment gods smile on me with a neat job (sooner or later), you'll be the first to know! Best of luck to you all in the new year. May it be a healthy and productive one for us all.


Rachel B said...

I loved the photos from your trip! And of course, I've loved knowing about your everyday life in Antarctica! Good luck to you in your job search!

Becky said...

And now I have the answer to the question "Did your mother raise you in a barn?"
Or at least she lets you live there now. Do you get clean bedding every day? I hope you muck out after yourself....
(just kidding)