The best thing that happened to me in Beijing was a collection of stolen moments spent dancing in the shadow of the Drum and Bell Towers. Listening to Chinese pop songs. In the pitch dark of night. It was about zero degrees. I wondered if it was perhaps my happiest moment. Ever. Simple things.
Ta Prohm, an overgrown temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia, is truly a strange and magical place. Walking around this crumbling place under the (slightly) cooler forest canopy was one of my most favourite memories from our Cambodia trip. You may recognise this temple from the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.
After the fall of the Khmer Empire Ta Prohm was abandoned for centuries, and the jungle basically took it back. Now you can see massive twisted roots growing over the whole thing, and instead of cutting the forest away, the authorities left the temple as is. We visited a few other temples in this same style (overgrown) so I have included some pictures of those as well.
Like I've said before, I freaking love New Zealand.
When I traveled through the North Island, I got the opportunity to visit Rotorua, which is a bit of a cultural centre for New Zealand's Maori people. I loved learning a little bit about their culture, and particularly I enjoyed seeing their extraordinary carvings and art.
Traditionally, Maori men and women would wear ink across their faces and bodies, but obviously that isn't practiced so much anymore (basically cos its super hard to get a job when you have face tattoos). However, I was lucky enough to see an old woman in Wellington waiting for a bus, who still wore hers, and even a young father in Paihia in the north, also with face tattoos. Pretty cool!
I loved taking photos of this stuff, carvings are really so beautiful.
One of the coolest trips my husband and I have been on was a visit to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where we spent time exploring Angkor Wat and other temples within Angkor, such as the Bayon.
Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex in Cambodia, constructed in the 1100s in the then capital of the Khmer Empire. It is a pretty extraordinary place, filled with stunning carvings. I really enjoy taking photos of close up things when I travel so I definitely had a lot of fun with that.
This post is a bunch of the photos from our trip in this beautiful country.