Alice in the land of smiles
Trip Start Nov 15, 2008
18Trip End Feb 28, 2009
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Zoe and I slept in the "floating bedroom'because that was all that was free when we arrived last night and it was the windiest night in days. You'll have to wait for the photos to believe it, but it only had 3 bamboo walls and in the morning we woke-up (surprisingly, in the same place, not having drifted to sea) to a view of the river and the lush green fields oppostie. Stunning, if not a little too windy. Tonight we have a proper bedroom.
Today I went for a swim in the river with 2 Kiwis and we're having an easy day, we'll check out the market and head back to prepare for party night tonight. The bar-man knew my drink from a mile off (vodka, soda, fresh lime), very impressive, another one to steal for Jacks. Tomorrow the adventures happen, there are caves and waterfalls to explore and we will visit Kep, a small town up the coast, famous for its French Colonial buildings.
Now we've been gone 3 weeks I realised I haven't had that LDA-pain in the base of my neck for 2 weeks. I love it. How am I going to come back? I've also passed the one-year mark since Dec 3rd. Happy Birthday Xavier, I was thinking of you. So that's it, new story now.
Southern Cambodia is a real pleasure, I loved it much more than
Thailand. the Khmer people are great, especially the children, everyone
should visit to spend time with the children. There's an orphanage up
the road from our villa where you can go and play with the kids and
loads of NGO projects to raise money for them. The kids we met on the
beach were amazing, snotty, dirty things but they just wanted to look
at you and touch you and we tried teaching them songs, which they
loved, but it was frustrating for them not to understand and they get
quite tough with each other, pushing and hitting. But the older ones carry around the babies all day long. They even started on
us when we stopped entertaining them. These kids have nothing, but they
all know how to say hello and my name is and they smile all the time.
Our visit to the cave near Kep was a bit unspectacular, but the bike
drive through the countryside is stunning and the fruit and pepper
plantation is interesting. Pepper is a big thing in Kampot province and
agriculture seems to make a reasonable living for the people. The
raised houses they live in are lovely, but it is mean looking work,
harvesting the rice crops. Women and men work side by side all over
Cambodia and the kids look after each other and sell pineapple and
mango to us in bags. 2 for a dollar. "Hello lady, wan some pineapple?
Mango? 2 for 1 dollar." If you smile while you haggle you never have a