Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Prologue Redux

Cambodia was an epiphany, one that was all the more satisfying because it was unexpected. We came away marvelling - such a land of contrasts. Despite being overrun by tourists, the temples of Angkor still evoked magic and mystery. The capital city of Phnom Penh was a palimpsest, layer upon layer of history.

We discovered that the country still harks back to its glorious past, no doubt to eclipse the bloodshed and gore of recent years. Its people are still naive, in the best sense of the word. No doubt it will, one day, go the way of its more sucessful neighbours. Even as I write this, the foundations of the country's first skyscraper are being laid. We felt like there was no better time to experience Cambodia, a country on the brink of history, before an irreversible spurt of modernisation changes everything.