Friday, October 31st, 2014

7 Super Shots — From Cambodia!

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HostelBookers has started a new meme in the travel blogging community — 7 Super Shots, encouraging people to share their favorite travel photos in seven categories.

I was nominated by my friend Michael of Go, See, Write and I decided to do the meme — with a twist:

Cambodia.

Cambodia affects me emotionally more than any other country in the world.  I love it so hard and yet when I’m there, I’m always on the verge of tears.  The people have been through an unimaginable (and relatively recent) hell underneath the Khmer Rouge, and all the “Protect Our Children” signs around the country remind you that child sex tourism remains a very big problem.

Despite this, the Cambodian people are so kind, welcoming, generous, and hospitable.  The countryside is beautiful, even where it’s been scarred by war.  So I thought that I could easily choose photos in seven categories from the complicated country that is Cambodia.

Here goes:

A Photo That Takes My Breath Away

This sunset at Phnom Bakheng temple at Angkor Wat is one of the best that I’ve ever seen.  The temples of Angkor were amazing, but nothing compared to that sunset the first night.

A Photo That Makes Me Smile

When we went to the countryside outside Phnom Penh to celebrate the end of the harvest, Darren and Mr. Nap became best friends right away.  Mr. Nap kept saying, “Mr. Nap!  Cambodia!  Cheers!” and they would clink their glasses and have another drink.

A Photo That Makes Me Dream

A fabulous $3 barbecued barracuda dinner on Serendipity Beach in Sihanoukville, complete with 50 cent Anchor beers.  I love that beach life.

A Photo That Makes Me Think

I took this picture at Number Nine Guesthouse in Phnom Penh in December 2010.  Two months later, it was knocked down.  The entire lakefront area was once a backpacker enclave, filled with cheap guesthouses, cafes, and restaurants.  But that’s all over.  Phnom Penh is demolishing the neighborhood and so many people have lost their homes and livelihoods.

I think about my friends at Number Eleven Guesthouse, who so kindly invited us to their party in the countryside.  I hope they’re all right.

A Photo That Makes My Mouth Water

I still dream of this giant plate of fresh crab with Kampot pepper that I had in the crab-crazy town of Kep.  I tore into it like a wildwoman, and it remains my favorite culinary experience in Cambodia.  Even more than loc lac (and I was a loc lac addict!).

A Photo That Tells a Story

I can’t say anything about this photo and the little girls who wander the riverfront of Phnom Penh, because it makes me too upset.

A Photo That I Am Most Proud Of

This was also taken at that party celebrating the end of harvest in the countryside outside Phnom Penh.  I love this picture — it looks artsy (which wasn’t my intention) and I think it captures the atmosphere of the carnival well, especially with the two girls in front.

And now it’s time to tag others.  Well, so many of you have done this by now, I tag anyone who wants to participate.  Go ahead and say I nominated you!

Which photo is your favorite?

Comments

23 Responses to “7 Super Shots — From Cambodia!”
  1. DebbZ says:

    I love the first picture………it’s too beautiful :)
    I’d like to visit Cambodia one day…..

  2. Kate I’ve come to find out that everyone who travels to Cambodia seems to have similar feelings about the place and the people. My best friend in high school is Cambodian and her family was a Khmer Rouge refugee, and she struggled with that experience and memory for such a long time, but she is one of the sweetest, nicest, funniest, strongest women I’ve ever met. I always looked forward to her parents’ home cooked Cambodian meals! Thanks for sharing this and for nominating “EVERYONE” for the Super Shots; that’s very considerate of you! By the way, just curious, the picture with the little girls in Phnom Penh, you mentioned about being too upset, care to explain? I don’t want to assume so I’d rather hear it from you.

    • On the picture with the little girl, the best possible scenario is that she’s begging. The worst is that she’s prostituting herself.

      It breaks my heart so many times over.

      • Hank says:

        I’ve lived in Phnom Penh for the best part of a decade and I’ve never heard of tiny children like that prostituting themselves on the riverside. What on earth gave you that idea?

  3. Fucking love that there’s a guy called Mr Nap. Cambodian’s have the sexiest names. Someone nominate my ass so I can get my snaps out.

    Got some interesting ones don’t you know. Provocative and everything ;)

  4. Reine says:

    I felt the same way about Cambodia; it stole my heart, and I wasn’t there nearly enough time. I can’t wait to go back.

  5. Kiri Bowers says:

    You’ve captured some lovely Cambodian moments. Really nice idea.

  6. I really loved cambodia… although I think I did prefer Laos. Great photos and I love the twist on the super shots theme!

  7. vira says:

    This is a fun post! I love it!

  8. Nick says:

    The sunset at Number Nine Guesthouse and the plate of crab are the best shots. I can almost taste it…

  9. a good photo is one that stirs the emotions — whether it be love or hate, joy or sorrow or anything else. You stirred emotions in many of these.

  10. Alexandra says:

    Kempot Pepper how I miss thee!

    There are a few pictures from Cambodia in my 7 Shots as well! There really is something special about that place! I’m sad I never got to experience the lake in PP by the time I got there its was already gone :(

    http://fluentinfrolicking.com/2012/02/15/7-super-shots/

  11. Vicky says:

    Great photos Kate! I still haven’t made it to Cambodia – one day hopefully. Some great photos there – is it wrong that I like the foodie one best? Looks deelish!

  12. Red Hunt says:

    Great shots from a great country…I miss Cambodia often as I used to live there…the Phnom Penh sunset photo is superb and that Kep image is too tasty looking…happy I finally got around to reading some 7 Super Shots posts!

  13. This is what Cambodia’s about, fun, food and great mates.

  14. Awesome sunset photos Kate!

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