Pity Party

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Friday, November 23, 2012

I'm having a very bad day!  I need to catch up on this blog, but I DON'T want to write about temples.  I feel like I should.  I'm waay behind.  But I have no inspiration right now.  What's the point?  All the temples look the same anyways.  We've been going out to these places like good little tourists.  Paying tons of money to do something  everyone else is doing.  We're staying in a busy, scummy city that I don't like.  All I want to do is sit down and cry, but our guest house is too expensive to stay another day, so I have to get things done. 

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...

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jaymyson on

You have to feel better after that vent! Hope the day turned out a little better. We all have to vent once in a while....But I guess if you are venting while you are typing, it lasts a little longer.

Beth on

powders can be reformed with a touch of rubbing alcohol - or vodka? The alcohol evaporates and leaves things like brand new :) In other news, if you can fine "coconut oil" somewhere.. that's the best unisex-deodorant ever, not to mention natural lubricant, massage oil, shampoo,conditioner, moisturizer, etc. It's awesome. Anti-microbial, anti-fungal... anyways, southeast asia has a shit ton of coconuts, they should have some oil somewhere.

Your whining makes everything much more believable now, every trip has ups and downs, but at least you're exploring cool places. (And please, don't talk about temples. Documentaries already do that enough.) ;)

2totango on

I travelled with a cube of salt last time as a great deodarent and was wishing I'd brought it this time too! Will keep an eye out for something coconut...stopped using shampoo and conditioner earlier this year, but on occasion the regular bar of soap works (for laundry as well!)

Oh, and don't worry, there's LOTS of rants and arguments between us, but I'll try not to post them all :)

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