After trekking, we went to visit a Pygmy community. The pygmies were forest dwellers who were relocated out of the Bwindi national park in the 90’s. They showed us their cultural practices and how they live. We watched them sing and dance and they started a fire with sticks in the rain. Such an incredible people. As you can see in the picture, they are all really small. #pygmies#uganda#bwindi#skymileslife#africanpromiseexp
At the start of our gorilla trekking, we walked down the side of a mountain that was covered in tea plants. In the distance I saw a woman picking tea leaves with her baby on her back, when we passed through on our way back, 4 hours later, she was closer to the trail and I was able to capture this shot of her. She had such a beautiful smile. One of my favorite parts of traveling is making brief connections in the form of eye contact or even just a smile with people. #uganda#adventurelife#africanpromiseexp#skymileslife
Of all the original features of the Bayon Temple near Angkor Wat in in Siem Reap, Cambodia, it is the over 200 gigantic stone faces that probably stand out the most. These faces, dubbed the ‘Mona Lisa of South East Asia’ came in sets of four, each identical, and pointing to a cardinal direction. The location of the faces – on the 50 odd towers of the Bayon Temple, symbolizes the omnipresence of the person whose face is being depicted. According to some scholars, the statues depict the face of the Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. This is supported by the features of the face, in particular the closed eyes and mysterious smile, which represent the achievement of the state of Enlightenment. Others, however, have argued that the faces depicted Jayavarman himself, as they bear an uncanny resemblance to other images of the king. Unlike other temples in the region that are aligned facing to the east, this temple was aligned to the west. It faces sunset and the evening sun adds to its beauty in the evening.