Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Climbing the stairs to the upper floors of Angkor Wat is not for the soft hearted, the steps are so steep, so curved from centuries of use, and so slippery from the humid climate in the jungle. Around the walls of it's inner court there are too many visible signs of the wars plaguing this country, bullet holes are easy to find. Still the place is majestic, the area shown here used to be bathrooms, just imagine the work to maintain this at the top levels of the temple.

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Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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