Cambodia Day 6

Today was the day that we headed off to the Angkor complex of temples. First up we had to have our photographs taken for our day passes. When they were printed we headed off to look at temples that have been in existence from around the 12th century!  The area around Angkor was bustling with people but at the same time, with the location, vegetation and aged architecture, it felt quite serene to be there. We were told that these monumental structures were made by hand and presumably the carved stone blocks were moved by hand into position, by way of ropes and dragging. Whilst viewing the many temples everyone marveled at the intricacies of the stone carving.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lunch saw us eat some delicious morsels in front of the entrance to Angkor Wat, Khmer for ‘City Temple’ , where Patrick was the unfortunate victim of a hungry monkey! It managed to sneak up and steal the remaining mango from him, when he wasn’t looking.

Some of the hi-lights from today’s tour: our informative guide, who told us a detailed history of Cambodia from the 16th century, up until the present day; seeing the location of and walking through the temple where the movie ‘Tomb Raider’ was filmed (Tah Prohm), and also seeing where ‘The Amazing Race’ was filmed (Angkor Wat), the amazing stone masonry and receiving a blessing at the temple.

Tomorrow is our final day working on the ‘community’ project. We hope that at the conclusion of tomorrow’s work day, we will have completed the flooring. We will keep you updated on our progress.

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