Melody and I returned from our trip on Sunday afternoon. It was hard to get back and realize that we had to go back to the normal lives that we lead here. The trip was awesome, though...we saw some incredible things, and met some great people along the way.
Melody started in Thailand with our friend Lori, while I bypassed Bangkok and went to Singapore (previous post) with a side trip to Malaysia. We linked up in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the 4th. After a couple of days wandering the temples of Angkor Wat and visiting fishing villages, the group hopped on a bus to Phnom Penh. That portion of the trip was a little more depressing on a couple of levels...first, most of the sites that we visited were related to the tragic Khmer Rouge period of Cambodia's history. Second, the Democrats took the House and Senate. But, since this is a travel, and not a political blog, that's all I'll say about that for now.
After a couple of days there in Phnom Penh, we got on the Mekong Express to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) where the Imaginative Traveller portion of the trip ended. We stayed overnight though, and flew to Singapore for the last couple of days before returning home.
We'll both be posting more soon with our best attempt at a day by day, but I did want to put up a few pictures in the meantime. I took over 2200, and am in the process of sorting out the wheat from the chaff. There's a lot of chaff, unfortunately. But, when you take a few thousand pictures, a few are bound to turn out well. But, it's also a lot of work in the sorting and processing (somewhere along the way, I've picked up a speck of dust somewhere in the camera...I've cleaned the sensors, switched lenses...it still shows up, so I have to go in and "erase" it from each picture that it affects...usually the nice sunset/sunrise pictures that would be nice to frame).