On cows, culture, and cold beer

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
Trip End Feb 08, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Where to start, well I guess with yesterday as we had a couple of interesting incidents occur worth mentioning. So as not to keep anyone in suspense let me take a moment to share the lowdown on the beef mentioned in the title.
"How now brown cow?" Well I think this must be a good thing, especially when sitting in the ruins of a Hindu temple, but I will let you decide. I was seated on a block of a wall that had fallen down and taking in a particularly massive gray slab of sandstone with the most amazing and intricate carving when a brown calf came up behind me and began licking me. The darn thing would not stop and so I finally calmed it enough to just let me scratch it behind the ears. I will attach a picture if the net is a little faster tonight.
I am not sure how most of you view the Cambodian people, but I must say they are among the most polite, helpful, and seriously nice people I have ever met. Honestly, I have not witnessed a single incident that would leave me to believe anything different. Is this truly the same country that was ruled by Pol Pot? It has been a fascinating three days and I would recommend a visit to everyone.
And finally, the subject that I am sure you have all been waiting for...cold beer. If you skimmed the rest of the blog entry to get to this point, I understand. After all, there is just so much blathering about cows and culture that any one person can stand. Cambodia has a fine selection of beer, all refreshing, which is good as it has been in the mid to upper 80's here. While not particularly potent, it goes down well and is served nice and cold, usually in a chilled glass. And here is the best part...a pint goes for 50 cents. Yes, you did read that correctly. I have already looked into importing a keg(s) and DHL and UPS refused. Oh well.

Hope all is well with all of you
Bryan and Deb
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psholt on

Remind me to tell you the story when I got licked by a deer in West VA 30 years ago. I remember the shock of that moment like it was yesterday, but I was hot and sweaty as it was summer so I am sure that I had a lot of salt on my skin. My guess is that you were also a good "salt lick"

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