Wandering through Angkor Wat last week I didn’t just feel like I was stepping back in time – the temple complexes are so unique, impressive and old (Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century) that you can feel the weight of their age and history – but back in my own time and past as well.
Visiting Siem Reap was the first time I’ve gone back to a place where I had backpacked through four and a half years ago when I initially came over to Southeast Asia. Walking down the same streets and seeing the same things brought back memories of what I had experienced, what I was thinking and where I was in my life at the time I had first visited.
Kind of trippy.
Growing up I was really interested in history and always felt like I wanted to be living in a different time. With traveling you can catch glimpses of those different times and places.
At Angkor, some places in the Angkor complex, you can really see the passage of time, like at the Ta Prohm temple which has been taken over by the jungle.
But the revisiting places of your own past is perhaps more moving.
Where have you time traveled to?
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