Photo Round Up – Week 96 – 98

EEEEEeee yes I am back in Cairo, but … before I start I need to apologize, because recently I have been neglecting my blog. In the last 3 weeks I have only posted twice and honestly that is not like me and I really have so much to write about. First came the holidays that I knew y’all would be busy anyway so didn’t; plus I was moving around fast and enjoying my last week in Southeast Asia. Then came my 1st week back in Cairo that I was settling back in to the grove of things in Cairo and getting the apartment all fixed up for my two months here. Then well was last week and to be honest I had just been lazy and enjoying time with my boyfriend again. You know the cuddling and everything that I missed while I was away from Cairo for about 4 months. Anyway… this is what I have really been up to the last 3 weeks and I hope you enjoy them. Next week I will begin posting again like I normally do (I promise). I have so much to say about Vietnam and Cambodia that I can’t wait to share with y’all.

Hope y’all understand me & in the mean time I hope y’all enjoy these 15 photos.


Skulls from the Killing Fields Museum, Cambodia.

This is one of my most morbid shots ever. This is a photo of a collection of skulls that were collected at one of the many mass graves found in Cambodia. Where these remains are found are named Killing Fields. It is in these places that the Khmer Rouge regime during it’s rule of the country from 1975 to 1979 killed over 2 million people. Visiting the Killing Fields Museum in Phnom Penh is a museum I have always wanted to visit, because this part of SEA history has always intrigued me singe the moment I learned about it a few years ago. I just don’t understand how this was allowed to happen. Walking through the Killing Fields I wanted to cry so many times. The atrocities committed here are gut wrenching. I will be writing about this in full very soon.

Room from S21 Museum, Cambodia.

Like the Killing Fields above this is a shot of one of the rooms at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aslo knowns as the S-21 Museum). This is a former High School in Phnom Penh that was turned into a “Security Prison” where over 17,000 people were tortured and convected of crimes they did not commit. As you walk through the rooms you feel emptiness and sorrow and wanna cry at the things these walls must of heard from the pain of all the innocent people. In one room you can still see foot prints of blood, and in other staind on the walls, but of all of them this is the one that shocked me the most. Some sick bastard was sitting at that watching people just die as they are chained to the bed. Like the museum above I will be writing about it soon.

Roots over door in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

This is a shot of one of the most famous temples at the Ruins of Angkor Wat. This is a door way at the Ta Prohm Temple. This temple was abandoned and neglected for centuries and in that time meshed perfectly with the jungle. The trees didn’t destroy much of the temple but instead grew over it and left it in a condition that made it look more intriguing and because of that it has been left untouched by archeologist for that purpose.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Need I say more??? I finally got the famous SUNRISE over ANGKOR WAT shot I have wanted for song. Oh & not just one, but like a million… I went photo happy & took like a million. I didn’t know which one I should share, but think this is one of my favorite.

Faces of Angkor Wat

Aside from the iconic sunrise at Angkor Wat one of the other most famous features of Angkor Wat are the faces at the Temple of Bayon. They are huge structures built from many stones to make the full face. The detail put into them is very impressive… up to today many scholars are still not sure what these faces were represented… Was it the king? Was it a God? The truth is we may never really know.


View flying into Abu Dhabi.

I left Southeast Asia and was heading back to Cairo. It was Deja Vu but in reverse… I went from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi to Cairo. This is a shot from my window seat as we approach Abu Dhabi. I love the desert & love that I was able to look out & see nothing but the endless desert as far as I could see.

Street Art in Tahrir Sq.

EEEEEeeeee was so happy to be back in Cairo & of course one of the 1st things I did was visit my favorite square in the world TAHRIR SQ. I love this square so much because it’s always alive and always changing. Most of all though I love the street art that is painted all over. I loved that I came back and was able to find so much new street. This piece is beautiful… just look at it. Oh & ACAB stands for ALL COPS ARE BITCHES.

Gay Party in Cairo.

I rang in the New Year in Cairo and was able to do so at my 1st gay party in Cairo. It was very interesting… and I have so much to say about this experience that I will be writing about it. I couldn’t take photos of anyone at the party, but was able to snap a shot of the lights at the party.

Street Food, Cairo.

Now that I am really on a veryt ight budget, I have been eating street food more than ever in Cairo. The locals call it “cart food”, because it’s sold on carts and I love it. This is where the cheapest food in all of Cairo is sold on the Cairos. You can feed 2 grown man for less than a $1. Oh & its so damn good.

Beautiful Sunset in Cairo

It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever seen in Cairo and best of all was that I saw it from the door of my new apartment in Cairo. Oh & can you spot the praying man in the photo made of objects in the skyline?


Key Maker in Cairo

Settling in to my apartment… meant we needed to get copies of our keys. Loved this old shop we stopped at to get copies of them done.

Street Art in Cairo

Cairo Metro Station Sign

Nothing fancy, but this is a shot of the METRO STATION signs. The M stands for METRO of course and above it is METRO written in arabic.

Rain in Cairo.

I witnessed my 1st rain in Cairo the other day and even though I hate rain my favorite part of it all was that once it stopped raining I was able to get shots of so many of the buildings downtown reflected in the puddles. This is a shot of one of my favorite buildings in Tahrir Sq. reflected in a puddle.

Tea Shop in Cairo.

Being back in Cairo means I’m back to drinking lots of TEA… which means visiting many tea shops around the city. I’ve been to many many tea shops, but for some reason I really liked this one. At all the tea shops they also offer Shi-Sha to smoke & even though I don’t smoke it’s always beautiful to see them all lined up in a row when they are not being used. This is just the inside of a random tea shop in downtown that we had tea at.



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  1. Great shot of Bayan Temple! Glad you didn’t have that shot back in December. You would’ve won your own Travel Photo Roulette of Faces! (I tried to set a theme for my turn to host so that I could win again, but then felt too guilty.) Hope you submit a photo and become the first back-to-almost-back winner! (Is that even allowed?)
    James @ Fly, Icarus, Fly recently posted..Travel Photo Roulette Round #53: Serendipity

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks James… I love that shot too. As for participating I think I am gonna pass because I don’t wanna win again… no I joke I joke, no because I think normally the winner waits a round or two before trying to win again. It’s not a rule, I think everyone does it as courtesy.

  2. This is one of your best photo round-ups yet, my friend. You’re such a great photographer! These pictures really capture the emotion of the place and tell a story.
    The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen) recently posted..Where we’re headed in 2013

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks so much Ellen… ah this comment makes me jump up with joy because I am so excited to finally be buying a DSLR when I get home.

  3. Love the shot of the graffiti in Cairo!
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    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks Rebecca… I love the street are in Cairo. It’s always changing and so alive & vibrant with the voice of the youth.

  4. Love the photos. I wouldn’t mind checking out the Killing Fields Museum while we’re in Cambodia next year but I have a feeling its going to make me cry :S

    • Jaime Davila says:

      Thanks Ally, oh & you should check them out. They will make you cry, but it’s worth it because it’s so important to learn from this to help make sure it never happens again. I cried, it was tough not too.

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