This is the eleventh edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...
I hadn't thought much about returning to Cambodia, but I now realise this is the third time it has cropped up in Friday Fix. Maybe that's telling me something?
I found this one of the hardest countries to travel though. Never have I been so aware of my position as a spoiled Western tourist. The poverty of the people, government corruption, terrible history and social problems are apparent to anyone who ventures beyond "Pub Street".
Regardless, the mystery of the Angkor Temples draws people in from around the globe. When I was there, half a decade ago, you could pretty much explore these giant relics without supervision- down crumbling passageways, up eroding sets of steps and under decorated archways. Arriving in the dark, the colours and later the encroaching heat made it feel like wandering around in a delirious dream. Far from the fenced off conformity of other wonders, I felt a new sense of liberation, as if I was discovering the countless hidden carvings for the first time.
For once I felt like part of a lucky generation of travellers- the temples survived all the wars, but how long could this freedom last?
To read a little of Cambodia's more recent troubled history: Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge and the killing fields.
Previous editions of Friday Fix:
The faces of Angkor Thom, Cambodia.
Nanuya Balavu Island,
the mountains, Morocco.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Plaza de España, Seville, Spain.
- Scoor beach, Mull, Scotland.
- A sobering walk down the river in Siem Reap.
- Milford Sound, New Zealand.
- Parade of the Giants, Marrakesh.
Moscow's Metro Stations.