Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sunrise at Angkor Wat


So I know this doesn’t count as my sunrise on a beach, but since that was a little botched I thought I would include this.  For our day at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, we got up at 4:00 in the morning.  Yes, 4:00 in the morning.  Whoa.  It was early.  We got out of the van in the pitch black and even had to use our flashlights to see as we walked from the parking lot towards the ruins.  Our spot to watch the sun rise was at this little body of water right in front of Angkor Wat.  So we got there along with everyone else who was waiting.  Apparently seeing the sun rise there was a very popular adventure.  Who knew?  So we waited, and waited, and waited.  Finally, the sun started coming up and created reflections of Angkor Wat on the water.  It was absolutely gorgeous.  So I should include this on My Freedom List, right?

Southeast Asia


So sorry friends!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  School has started, and I’m back in the classroom again.  So that means working 6-7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day.  Bringing work home.  Creating lesson plans.  Creating and making games, activities, quizzes, etc.  Anyone else feel my pain?

This will be a big post since I was able to knock out three things on My Freedom List.  Woo-hoo!  So let’s get down to business.

#1: Try a local dish in Thailand.  That one was easy since Thailand was one of the countries I visited.  Some of the dishes were SO spicy!  Not Tex-Mex spicy, but your mouth is on fire spicy!  My absolute favorite dish of all time from Thailand was actually a dessert.  Roti.  It’s street food, and it’s incredible.  You order it, and she takes a little ball of dough, flattens it out, then drops it on a hot wok-like griddle to cook, along with some hot oil and butter.  Now doesn’t that sounds good already?  You can add bananas to it if you want, which I did several times.  The bananas get all hot and gooey inside the dough.  Afterwards, she drizzles sweetened condensed milk (oh yeah) all over the top, and then chocolate on top if you wish.  Oh I wish.  Then she cuts it into little bite-size pieces with a toothpick to help you eat it. Here is the picture of heavenly sweetness.  My mouth is watering as I type this….

#2: Dance in the rain.  This one was unexpected.  We had spent the morning hiking along a waterfall and going swimming at the bottom of the waterfall, which was way cool since the little fish in the water nip your feet and bite off the dead skin off your feet.  Yep, you read that right.  It was THE weirdest feeling.  There would be these little nips and then an aggressive fish would come along and take a big bite and would shock you.  Anyway, we were leaving the waterfall, and it started raining.  This had been my absolute favorite day of this tour, and I was just giddy so I wanted to dance.  So I got out there and persuaded my friend and roommate, Laura, to join in with me.  It was awesome!  What’s so amazing when you travel the world is that you do things you wouldn’t normally no…and you don’t care what people think of you, especially since you know you’ll probably never see them again.  So here’s the picture of us dancing.  Enjoy!

#3: Take pictures of animals at the zoo.  We were in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on our last day in Vietnam.  Sad face.  I LOVED Vietnam, and I was surprised at just how much I loved it.  So a group of us decided to go to the Saigon Zoo, along with everyone else in the city.  You should have seen all the motorcycles.  Rows, rows, and rows of them.  Crazy.  Some of the exhibits just made me sad, especially the white Bengal tiger.  The poor thing was in a cramped space and was pacing back and forth, just panting and growling.  It made my heart break.  Apparently, it’s a lot better now than it has been in the past because they just don’t know any better.  Wow.  Can’t imagine what it was like in the past.  I had to step away.  Some of the exhibits were great, including the deer and my favorite, the elephants.  When we got to the elephant exhibit, I was mesmerized.  There was one elephant that I was completely taken with.  Even though we were yards away from each other with a big ditch in between us, it felt like I was right there beside him.  He just stared at me it seemed.  I think I got about 30 shots of just that one elephant.  Here are a couple of my favorites.  Isn’t he adorable?

So does this make you want to go to Southeast Asia?  I would LOVE to go back.  This was one of my most favorite trips.  Asia holds a special place in my heart. 🙂