We've made it to Siem Reap. We arrived at the bus station we were literally swarmed by taxi drivers and guesthouse guys wanting to take us to a guesthouse. It was insane; it took for ever to get my bag off the bus, Michelle was being mobbed and was getting more stressed as the minutes went by. We got separated, there were people screaming in our ears, sticking their pamphlets in our faces, pulling, pushing, trying to take her bag, telling Michelle that if she just says that she'll 'go with them then all this will stop'. Couldn't turn around or walk anywhere without them following you and getting in your path. I was about to start throwing punches. Finally I got my bag and got a taxi out of the madness. The taxi to our guesthouse was 10 cents which I found strange as nothing is free here and favors are given in return to buying something. Surprise, surprise that when we got to our guesthouse our driver told me that the reason they don't charge money for the trip from the bus station is that they want you to hire them to take you to the Temples of Angkor that are 8k out of town. He wanted $12US each (which doesn't sound like a lot but here it's a fortune) for the day and I kindly told him no thanks. Instead Michelle and I rented bikes and peddled our way to and around the temples. Angkor Wat and surrounding temples were constructed between the 9th and 13th century by a succession of Khmer Devaraja (God-Kings) which ruled Angkor. These temples were amazing to see up close. Though time is starting to take its toll on the many temples, they are still beautiful and magical. Hard to describe them all (although one of them was used in the taping of 'Tomb Raider'), so we put up a few pictures and you can see the other 58 of them when we get home. It's hard to imagine how these temples were built, much the same as the Pyramids or Stone Henge. After 2 days and close to 100km of biking we were templed out. At least we have the pictures. We are preparing to leave Siem Reap soon and by the time you read this we will probably be gone.
We miss the days when Cab drivers and Sales people ignore me; where the only thing we have to pick out of my food is the vegetables that I don't like; where trees are on the lawns, cars are in parking lots and 'people' walk on the sidewalks; traffic laws mean something; karaoke is a party trick and not an art; restaurants get shut down if they have cats running around and not flocked to because it means they have less rodents and roaches.