“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”
I have heard so many people I know rave about witnessing the sunrise at Angkor Wat, and it truly was magnificent so I decided to make a separate post for it. 🙂
I had my alarm set for 4 AM so I can get my ass going by 5.. but I woke up 15 minutes before 5 AM and I jumped in the shower and just grabbed my things. Unfortunately, no complimentary breakfast from the hotel that day. I arrived before 6 in the morning, but look at all the tourists! They flocked to that spot because I heard you can take the best shot from there, due to the reflection of the sunrise in the water.
I literally had goosebumps all over when I finally saw the Angkor Wat. It is an amazing view but ~*all the feelz*~ came mostly because I just cannot believe that I am actually standing there, by myself, after almost two weeks of traveling.
I was sitting on the grass, and then I started getting really emotional because I can’t believe I finally did it. I went on the trip I have spontaneously booked and obsessively planned for two months (only 10% of that plan went through). I haven’t thought about work or what I plan to do when I get back because I had time to think about the mundane things I never give myself time to think about when I’m home. I did not make plans for the future nor did I “find myself” because I’m still me.. it just brought out other qualities to the forefront.
(The moment was ruined when a peddler suddenly approached me to sell coffee)
It was a learning experience – on how I react to pressure (bag packing!!) and problems (like getting scammed), that the person I like the most is myself because when only left to my thoughts I did not get bored, that everyone is interesting if you actually listen to what they are saying, how nice it is to be disconnected (I swear I freed up a lot of time when I did not have mobile data and there were no “pressure” to respond to messages, or no notifications popping up every now and then etc) and a lot more. So yes, I got crazy emotional and may have shed some tears – but it’s for the travel companions I wish could have seen the things I saw (like my mom) and for the confirmation that yes, I can do this.
And I think that’s the biggest thing I took away from this experience. “I can.”