Tuesday, June 10, 2008

some serious stuff

I spent a day going to S-21, the high school-turned-prison/torture chambers during the Khmer Rouge, and the Killing Fields. I felt sick to my stomach all day and became teary-eyed more than a few times. Over 2 million people were killed during this regime from 1975-1979. The atrocities that some humans are willing and able to commit are incomprehensible. And it still exists today (most notably in Sudan - if you want to get involved with a reputable group that is working there savedarfur.org is a good one). I just don't understand how the world community continues to let genocide occur again and again... I'll get off my soap box before I really get on it, but see below.
some photos of the victims held at S-21 before they were executed
barbed wire covering the outdoor hallways at S-21
one of the small holding cells
skulls found in the Killing Fields (i spared you the close up shot I took where you can see the bullet holes and marks from the bludgeons; many people didn't get the mercy of a precious bullet -too expensive)
self explanatory
a mass grave
all these depressions are mass graves

ancient angkor

despite the amount of photos i posted, i wanted to post many, many more, but thought people might get a little tired of seeing so many photos of ancient temples. i spent 3 days wandering around the complexes and wasn't bored at all. to learn more about these ruins, check out this wikipedia page)
inside Angkor Wat
a view of the temple from the outside (largest religious building in the world)
2 faces in the temple Bayon (there are between 150-216 faces such as these in this temple, depending on the reporter - again, not the best photo, sorry!)
always a tree hugger, even in Cambodia!
the tree i'm hugging in the photos above - it's a beast!
a doorway in the most intricate temple, albeit one of the smallest
one of the carvings

more thailand

beautiful sunset from Railey Beach, Krabi (west coast) (it got even better, but I don't want people stealing my photos, sorry!)
blue water and green trees, taken from the back of a truck, Ko Tao (east coast island) what more could you want?
jeff on rope swing at waterfalls featured in "The Beach", although it looks quite different in the film
jeff (US) and me at another set of waterfalls in Khao Yai National Park (60 meters high - apparently 8 elephants fell to their death over these falls several years back)
our cute Thai guide at the same waterfalls