You would be forgiven for thinking by now we’d be jaded travellers. We’ve travelled to over seventy-something countries, we’ve been to hundreds of cities and towns, scores in the past few years alone, and we’ve been to dozens of places, the places we become smitten with, many times. As you can see, we’re not very good at keeping count.
However, we still get excited about visiting a new country or city. We were jumping out of our seats as we were flying into Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was a bright day with beautiful light as we flew in low over the fields. Some were green with the new crop of rice, while others were bare, perhaps being ‘rested’ or rotated out for the season, leaving the land looking like a chequerboard.
The small villages were easy to pick out too, plenty of intense greenery and tall palm trees and often a small dam nearby. While this was fascinating, we’d heard all the stories, that the town was a tourist trap, with predatory tuk-tuk drivers, unforgiving humidity, and countless shops full of tourist trinkets. Yet they didn’t deter us. While we take the stories on board, we don’t let them dampen our enthusiasm or diminish our excitement. It’s a major tourist site in Asia. Of course there are going to be souvenir-sellers. Predatory tuk-tuk drivers? We’re used to them. Humidity? We’ve lived in Dubai and Bangkok and I grew up in Brisbane, Australia, where ‘air-conditioning’ during the humid summers was opening up all the windows in the house and stripping to your underwear.
Whenever we’re headed somewhere new, I’m squinting out the window like a five-year-old on their first flight. And I’m taking photos — like above when flying into Siem Reap. If you’re not, maybe it’s time to stay at home.
Details: Nikon D700, Nikon 35mm F2 @ F7.1 @ 1/1000th second @ ISO400.
For details on getting to Siem Reap and arrivals procedure, see this post.