The morning of May 10, 2015 was a big day for me in little Council Bluffs, Iowa. I was leaving for an almost 24 hour journey across planet earth to visit a third world country, and several of the oldest communities in the world. Through Morningside College, a group of 20 students and professors set out on this journey mostly for historical and political studies. But for me, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to hike, bike, and kayak right next to the locals, and dive into some authentic asian cuisine..
Did I mention I may be an amateur photography expert? Well I'm certainly no expert, but I did find some breathtaking sites on the is 14 day adventure. We started in Vietnam, hiking Sapa, floating in Halong Bay, walking the chaotic streets only a couple miles from the China border. Then ending the trip exploring the largest religious complex in the world, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This journey opened my eyes and tugged at my heart as I spoke to the locals, walked in their shoes, and grew accustomed to their values and traditions. How real and authentic it felt to be basically thrown from a stuffy American lifestyle and be exposed to real people who generally live a happier life with less belongings than I do. I would encourage anyone to take a leap of faith and leave this country to see the world with a new love, patience and understanding. Enjoy the photos.