Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In the skies above Angkor

This is Bakong temple in the Roluos Group, from about 600 feet up - breahtaking!
I count myself incredibly lucky to be enjoying my life so much here in Cambodia and it just gets better and better. This morning I joined microlite pilot Eddie Smith in the skies above some of the temples of Angkor and beyond for a new and exhilarating experience. Seeing Cambodia from the air is what Eddie does for a living, and what a living it is! When he's not taking scholars into the air for a birds-eye view of the landscape to spot ancient settlements or water canals and suchlike, he's helping landmine NGOs, film crews and a handful of tourists to experience Cambodia from above. He also trains the potential microlite fliers of the future. We headed out to a field on the way to Banteay Srei at 7.30am this morning and whilst Eddie took the 'flying moto,' as the locals call it, for a quick test-run, I mentally prepared myself for one of the most amazing trips of my life, and I wasn't disappointed. More later as I catch my breath and my legs stop shaking, but believe me when I say the hour I spent in the skies above Cambodia is something I will never forget.
Eddie takes her up for a test-run before my big moment. I sat in the seat behind Eddie for my 1-hour flight

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Boone said...

Amazing, Andy!!! I hope to be able to experience this so-called "flying moto" one of these days myself!!!

February 10, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger mrklatham said...

Apparently eddie is till scrubbing the back seat.
Great photo.

February 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

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