26 January 2019, 22:02
I’m in Seam Reap now, and I got in a bit of trouble at Angkor. I climbed the wrong thing and was taken to a covered area to be talked to by a security guard and a man wearing a “Police” hat. They were friendly and talked about heritage while also reprimanding me for my actions. “I’m sorry, I did not know,” I repeated.
There are four salamanders/geckos on the walls in my hostel. I’m sitting at a table in the bar area, and there’s some house music playing, but I have my headphones in, and I’m listening/watching LTAT, the Saturday episode of Rhett & Link.
12:12 This is nowhere I ever thought I’d be Beside a tree Sitting on the banks Of Trapeang Srah Sang A little lake several kilometers Northeast of Angkor Wat. I took off My shoes and socks Waded in, snapped a photo. Prayed a poem, wrote it down After fingering the dirt and mud Between my toes.
14:18 Sitting cross-legged on Ta Keo A temple-mountain-pyramid Possibly the first to be built Entirely of sandstone by ancient Khmers. I’ve seen what I came here to see— but maybe there’s more to come. My Giant mountain bike has carried me far— through a dark jungle on roads of pavement & sand. I will read, now, before heading “home.”
17:44 “Am I annoying you?” “Yes, honey, you are.” “Humph.” A bad joke, I know It just sort of slipped out While waiting in Line for Phnom Bakheng (The wife asked a question to her husband; I answered for him, a stranger.) This ride better have a loop-de-loop It was like waiting for something at Disneyland Or the DMV (that symbol of waiting). But this sunset Is worth it (I’ve seen better; Thank you, clear Oregon skies.)