The following is a guest post from writer & graphic designer Maria Gotay. Maria quit her job and is backpacking across Southeast Asia, documenting the journey for DJO.
I had a transcendental moment somewhere in the dusty jungle of North Cambodia.
It was historical, spiritual, cultural, revelatory in its completeness.
At Angkor Wat, I found myself at the holiest site on earth, a twenty-minute tuk-tuk drive from Siem Reap, one of the liveliest, scrappiest, and fastest-growing young cities in SE Asia, still just miles from the most rural villages I’ve ever been to.
While the ruins are ancient and the hotels are brand new, time is fluid, and the people who built them have been here all along.
Cambodia’s people are hardworking and have worked hard for a long time; conditions in this country have been devastatingly difficult, and with the recent boost in worldwide attention, life is finally getting easier.
We came here to learn about ancient cultures.
We left learning about modern ones, too.