IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
Joining my husband whilst he attended a business conference in Tokyo, led to an opportunity to join a group of women (who were also there with their better halves), on a day trip out of the City. For those looking to take a day trip out of Tokyo, the town of Kamakura is a good option. Taking the train is pretty easy, the journey time was around an hour and a half on the train from Roppongi Hills.
I have lost count of the times I have transited through Narita Airport over the last five years, the best route for the journey between Leesburg VA and Singapore. This past May however, was the first time I actually got to go into the city of Tokyo and get my first real experience of Japan.
Making the most of the kids being on this side of the World, a trip to Cambodia was top of our list, it is somewhere I personally have always wanted to go to. It is only a 2 hour flight from Singapore which is really nice and as we only had 3 days it fit the bill perfectly. We also knew it would be a completely different experience for the kids from Singapore.
Even from such a fleeting trip it was hard not to be struck by the hardships caused mainly by war that this Country has gone through in fairly recent times. We saw some really sad things, kids begging in the streets and desperately selling trinkets at the temples for one. Yet, the people are so gentle, kind and humble.
We also were amazed at the every day life we saw in Siem Reap. The main mode of transport is the motorbike and the tuk tuk, making moving around on the roads let me just say "interesting"! We knew we were in for a few wild rides when on our first tuk tuk trip out from our Hotel, the driver pulls into the road going against the traffic!! He just kept ringing his bell and eventually just worked his way onto the right side of the road - phew!!! We also kept an eye out to see if we could spot the most people on one bike - sometimes whole families were piled on, amazing!
On our first trip to this Northern Thai City, the words Wat and Chedi became oh so familiar. In Chiang Mai it seems, there is a "Wat" with it's accompanying "Chedi" around nearly every corner. I have to admit to looking up these words in the dictionary so I would be better able to recognize which was "Wat" and what was Chedi! A Wat is a Buddhist monastry or temple, a Chedi (also known as a Stupa) is a "bell shaped tower or mound like structure containing Buddhist relics", Buddhism being the predominant religion in Thailand.