The Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia is known for its astounding and other-worldly atmospheric aesthetics. This is due to the photogenic ambient nature of trees growing out of the ruins combined with the surrounding jungle scenery. Two of the most distinctive features of the temple are the endless roots and trees intertwining within the stone, and the preserved carvings of people and animals within the stone walls. It was built around 1186 in the late 12th to early 13th century Bayon style architecture, as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university.
1. Don’t... visit the Great Lakes Aquarium
If seeing super basic exhibits and a severely limited amount of animal specimens for an outrageous price is right up your alley, then by all means visit Duluth’s aquarium. If you have ever been to an average zoo or aquarium, you will agree that the Great Lakes Aquarium is an overpriced joke, setup of informational exhibits for children on a school trip.
Do... continue driving north on 61
After starting in Duluth, head north on Highway 61 toward Canada. Driving along the scenic highway is one of the most beautiful routes in the nation, with interesting natural and historic attractions littered practically every mile along the way.
Perks of the Trade
One of the perks of being a travel writer is that majority of the attractions I visit are comped free for me. In return I typically write a review talking about my experience. I’m not a journalist, however I do try to remain as balanced as possible in my destination reviews - no matter how difficult that may be sometimes.
Fuller’s Brewery, London, England
The London underground isn’t as impossible as many claim. However, the worst isn’t getting to know the layout, it’s the random closures. The way the rail system is setup, you can usually find your way around the closures if you’re near London’s center. But if you’re trying to get outside of city center and off of a more obscure stop, you are at the mercy of the system. I visited London for five days, and I had four bliss-filled days with no issues. On day 4 though, all hell broke loose, I left an hour and a half early from northern London to go to Cheswick in west London for my scheduled review.
When traveling, it’s important to keep an open mind. Especially when your destination is culturally different than anything you’ve ever experienced before. For me personally, I experienced a large cultural change once I arrived in Italy, as it was the first time I had been outside of the States. Attempting to navigate the chaos of Rome’s back alleys and Venice’s canals while being surrounded by locals and Italian only signs was a bit of a shock. If you keep control of your expectations and prior judgements, you can avoid having a negative experience while traveling.
Salty fresh sea air permeates my senses. Wind brazes my skin in a sultry fierce fashion. The only lone sounds are of lapping waves and distant calls from the multitude of native Puffins. White specks flying gracefully, floating in figure eights. Few come billowing over the Northern cliff’s edge, mere feet from where I stand. While some remain lingering near their makeshift nests, nestled along the sharp crags.
Thoughts of longing accompany my unfocused gaze into the distance. Far away, yet not quite as far as the white interval, where sky and sea meet. A flood of memories consume me, one after another, overpowering me into an unmistakeable state of melancholy. I feel as though I’m in a purgatorial trance, reliving every loss and every pain and every last word I never could say.
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