Getting up at 4:30 in the morning to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat
Like most travelers, I hate feeling like a tourist, doing touristy things because other people have done it and are now talking about it. I also hate taking the same photos millions of people have taken before me. I’ve even made fun of others I had met in the past months when they were telling me they would go to Siem Reap and get up at 4:30 a. m. to see the sunrise. And now I’m back here, playing along. But since I’m not a hater, I hereby admit that it was kind of nice.
Behind the scenes
While we were all waiting for the sun to rise, the locals were trying to drag us into their restaurants: “You want coffee, Sir? Yes, yes? Maybe later? OK? My name is Spider-Man.” Somebody must have started picking movie characters a while ago and then everyone went with it. “I’m Jack Sparrow. Remember, Jack Sparrow!”