A cleansing balm to start and end your day, one is driven to be in the presence of the stunning wats during sunrise and sunsets. This is a place of serenity, of art, of fleeting ideas that need to be quickly put into words on a handy little notebook, to look back on once reality sets in.
Despite all these that one can indulge in, there is a keen awareness of income inequality. Once again, like I do for my own country, I ask: How can a land so blessed with natural resources be so achingly poor? There are dime-a-dozen children whose childhoods are spent in labor. Perhaps, I've become overly sensitive to this because I now have a child of my own. But I think there are too many working children. They smile and they wave and they speak with you in their best effort english seeking a few dollars here and there. They are beautiful, shrouded in youthful innocence, yet looking on to the world with grown-up eyes.
I have fallen in love. Siem Reap captivates you through its enduring people, most surviving on less than a dollar a day, but bearing multi-million dollar smiles.