“We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love.”~ Stephen Jay Gould
I fell in love with the ruins of the Angkor complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I rode the bus for 7 hours to cross the border from Saigon to Phnom Penh, and another 6 hours from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. I endured three movies of Angelina Jolie on the bus (obviously, they adore her).
Where I stood perfectly still and in awe within the ruins of Ta Phrom, so did time. I saw the elements of the jungle creeping towards man’s mighty creation for centuries untouched. These roots of giant silk cotton trees were grasping at crumbling structures like greedy hands overpowering a lost kingdom. The jungle now claims it as its own.
Angkor Wat is a major attraction, a breathtaking vista of ancient Khmer civilization preserved for centuries and swallowed by a rich forest of giant trees. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, being in the midst of these architectural masterpieces is indescribable. It is one of my dream destinations granted.