Rising With A Rooster, Following Sheep and Feeding Seals To See Angkor Rise From The Shadows

The gall that this Gallus Gallus has.  Doesn’t he know we are on holidays.  I’ll give you “cock-a-doodle do”.  Who needs an alarm clock when you have a suburban chicken coop outside your window?  I tweak my earplugs and press them into my ear canal just a little further.  Zzzzzzzzzzz!  Morning one.

Today, morning two, no rooster crowing!  Did someone cook him up last night?  Life can be short as a rooster in Cambodia.  No – it’s just too early for him.  For that matter, it’s too early for us.  However, there is a must experience event to witness – sunrise over Angkor Wat.

The cool morning breeze is accentuated by the speed of Samnang’s Tuk Tuk and we soak up the ambience of the darkness as the Tuk Tuk gently putters along the quiet road toward Angkor Wat.

If we thought that our early start to the day would get us ahead of the crowd we were mistaken.  They must have more active roosters at their hotels.  Or, maybe, these people are insomniacs.

With an assurance from Sam that we will find him amongst the hundreds of Tuk Tuks when we return we set off in the darkness to find a place to see the sunrise of the ancient Wat.

Like two sheep in search of greener pastures we fall into line behind our fellow tourists and negotiate the unlit entrance to Angkor Wat and find a vantage point to set up our camera gear.  Now we wait.

The relative quiet of the morning is soon challenged by a variety of sheep called Chinese.  This particular sheep doesn’t seem to understand that the rest of the flock is enjoying the serenity.  Different species.  Different understanding.  Baa, baa, baa.

The angular rotation of the earth reveals our sun ever so slowly and the night gives way to morning civil twilight.  Angkor Wat’s silhouette rises out of the shadows – an impressive sight at such an early hour.

The sound of camera shutters releasing are drowned out by the cacophony of sheep and seal noises.  Seals?  Yep – right here in Angkor Wat.  Well, analogy seals that is.  Tourists lined up around the small lake in front of Angkor Wat.  Like the sheep, the seals don’t seem to get it.

Despite the menagerie that surrounds you on any one weekday the early start makes the appearance of the sun in Cambodia worth it.  Being present and being present gives you a sense how remarkable life really is.

Can someone pass me a fish?  Maybe seals eat roosters – now there’s a thought!

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