Tag Archives: temples

Siem Reap and the Angkor Temples

Siem Reap literally means “Siam Defeated,” Siam being Thailand. These days, however, the closest thing to fighting in this small city of about a 1/2 million is the tuk-tuk drivers angling for position. Or throngs of tourists in Angkor Archaeological Park vying for position to get a ‘5-star photo’ of a temple without a bunch of other tourists in it. This once quaint village has become quite the boom town. The Angkor temples receive more visitors than anywhere else in Cambodia (over 4 million, and on their way to many more thanks to the Chinese tourist explosion) and Siem Reap is […]

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Bangkok in a Day

 “Red shirts warn of civil war.” Normally a headline that would keep one out of ‘red shirt’ territory. But since we’re safely in Singapore now, we’ll admit that we did stay a day in Bangkok, and had a wonderful, peaceful, enjoyable day in this city of contrasts: glass and steel buildings shaped like cartoon robots standing next to glittering temple spires; wreaths of jasmine flowers dangling from the rear-view mirrors of buses and taxis; shaven-headed, orange-robed monks walking barefoot along the street beneath a bank of giant Sony screens blasting MTV Asia.  We did catch a glimpse of the ‘yellow shirts’ […]

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K-k-k-k-k-k-Kathmandu

Nepal is a land-locked country the size of Iowa, with a population of 28 million. 2.5 million live in the capital, Kathmandu. Kathmandu gained notoriety in the 1960s when its Freak Street was a hippie nirvana.  Marijuana and hashish were legal and sold openly in government licensed shops into the 1970s. These days you’re less likely to see tie-dyed hippies in search of enlightenment than Gore-Tex-clad tourists in search of a good cappuccino (that would be us). The sights, sounds and smells can quickly lead to sensory overload. It is another developing-world city in a slow transition to modernity: crazy polluted […]

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Tiger’s Nest: The Cultural Icon of Bhutan

As the grand finale to our trip in Bhutan, we climbed to Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktshang) near Paro. Tiger’s Nest is by far the most photographed site in Bhutan. It is a beautifully located monastery clinging to the cliffside at 10,000 feet above sea level. Its multiple temples combine with the natural mountain environment for a breathtaking result. Bhutanese legend has it that a lama rode from Tibet on the back of a tiger to reach here in the 8th century. Guru Rimpoche, “the Lotus-Born” lama meditated in a cave here for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days […]

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Kyoto, the Soul of Japan

Kyoto must be considered one of the world’s cultural and historic treasure troves. With 17 World Heritage Sites, more than 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines, Kyoto has been called the “soul of Japan”. The guidebooks are full of descriptions of Tokyo as the bustling hub and gleaming modern capital versus Kyoto as the traditional, ancient capital in the central hills. So we might be forgiven if our first reaction as we stepped off the shinkansen into Kyoto Station was ‘Wow!’ I guess since Kyoto station was first opened by decree of Emperor Meiji in 1877, we were expecting […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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