Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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On the boat ride from Battambang to Siem Reap my bag got put on the roof (like everyone else's) but it was at the top of the stairs, so everyone who went to sit up there stepped directly on my bag. When we arrived, the lid to my water bottle was busted off, and now it leaks. I'm also missing some clothes. I guess the place we did laundry at in Battambang must have taken a commission. We picked up the laundry just before bed and left early in the morning. As we were rushing to catch the boat in the morning trying not disturb our room mates, I guess I didn't notice. I did notice that my clothing section didn't seem as full, but that was as far as it went. Two shirts aren't much, but considering I only had 5 to start, is quite significant. Plus, they were my two shirts with wide shoulders, so now I'm stuck with inappropriate spaghetti straps and the only clothing I can find is tack-tourist t-shits (not a typo).
I have a scratch on my foot that's preventing me from wearing my beloved Keens, so I had to go to the market to buy some flip flops (naturally the shoe section is beside the fish-gut section). I hate flip flops. Now after touring the temples all day I have a blister in between my toes.
I still have to buy bus tickets and find a place to stay at our next destination so we can get out of here tomorrow. We've spent about a week longer in Cambodia than I had originally thought, so now we need to speed things up. As much as I want to leave Siem Reap, I'm really not looking forward to a 12+ hour bus ride to accomplish it.
Everywhere I go, all I hear is: 'laaay-deeee, yu-wan-skarf?' NO! can't you see I'm wearing a scarf? I don't CARE if it has a picture of Angkor Wat/ox-car/Buddah/elephant on it. I have no use for it. I'm not a rich tourist, and no, I don't want one for my friend back home. I don't have a big suitcase to stuff with tokens that I'm flying home in a few days, so I WON'T buy it when I come back. Instead, I'll be making a special trip to the post office. A few light little scarves (given to me, not bought), cook book, maps and peppercorns cost $30! THIRTY DOLLARS!?! In a place where you can get accommodation for $1 and eat a meal for $2...my 12 hour bus ticket is only going to cost $15. What is going on here?
I'm tired of dispensing money like there's no tomorrow. Meals cost twice as much here as anywhere else. Even the bank machines in Siem Reap charge a $5 fee - nowhere else in the country have we encountered this!
Ok, that's fine. I can deal. Wanna know what REALLY put me over the edge this morning? I accidentally dropped my lovely LUSH deodorant on the floor and now it's powder. So I'm going to smell like Brian...