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Travel in the Time of Corona, Week 3

As the clock ticks and the corona virus rages unabated, my travel plans taunt me. I’m kept wondering when I can safely walk again in unfamiliar places and listen to a cacophony of foreign tongues. Unearthing these images from previous trips instills in me a strong resolve to travel again when the all clear is sounded. I am hopeful this will be soon.

“It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.” Rumi

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Reynisfjara Beach, South Iceland 

West India Warehouse on Tolbodgade, Copenhagen, Denmark (houses Royal Cast Collection)

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

El Ateneo Bookstore, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Irreverent Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

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Images by TravelswithCharie

Ta Prohm

Of the many amazing temples I saw in Siem Reap, Ta Prohm is definitely my favorite. It seems on the verge of collapse under the weight of the roots of towering trees. The scent of decay is pronounced and more so after a tropical downpour. While seeking refuge inside one of the temple structures, we were enveloped by an oppressive and dank air which no amount of incense could erode. But this is to be expected of an enclosed space that is being choked by its surroundings.

There's so much drama in this jungle which is why I like it the most. Piles of stones are everywhere. Moss and lichen cover the walls and roots the size of an elephant wrap over and around the structures. Built in 1186 as a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII (the greatest ruler/builder of the Khmer empire), it was abandoned until the 16th century when Portuguese explorers visited the Angkor complex.  

The jungle has been tamed but there are many traces of its past existence. In these grounds th…