Moving on to Kampot

Trip Start Sep 21, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Day 147 Tues 4th April 2006
Moving on to Kampot

I eventually went to bed at 3am last night, I was uploading stuff on the net with the use of the free internet connection and got a bit carried away. We were up at 6am, so you can imagine what state I am in at the moment! We were dropped off at the bus stand and it was a private bus company so the place was really nice and the buses were all new. We paid $5.50 for our tickets to Kampot at the GH, and it was only $4 at the station, but that's what you get for being lazy! We both had breakfast at the station, I ordered a veg noodle soup but when it came it had meatballs in it, so I just took them out (veggie day). We put bets on weather they would just put the meat I took out into someone else's food or throw it out...what do you think?

The bus left at 7.00 am and although it looked really nice and clean it was actually very uncomfortable. It was obviously made for small Cambodians, the seats were all too close together and the seat back was too short. My headphones have given up again, one side has stopped working. We stopped for food at one point, and there was a guy by the side of the road repairing mobile phones so I asked him to look at my headphones but he couldn't fix them. Look's like I'll have to get some new ones.

We pulled into Kampot around midday. We got off the bus on one side of the river (where we were met by the touts) and had to walk across a dodgy footbridge to the other side because the bridge that used to take the cars across had collapsed under the stress of too much weight! Yeah welcome to Kampot! We went with this guy that Derek chose to see his GH, it was ok but he couldn't give us a room for $3 like he said he would, so we went to a place that I had taken the card for earlier. It is called the Long View GH, it a really nice place and our room was only $3 per night. We were quite hungry by the time we got here so we ordered pizza. It was made in a real log fire oven and the pizza was absolutely delicious. After food we went for a bit of a walk through the town and ended up going through the old market. It was really cool, full of locals selling stuff to locals, we had a good walk around and there were no other foreigners there. We were both pretty tied and just came back to the GH after a while. There is a school opposite the GH, the funniest thing we saw, or heard today was the kids practising their ABC (see vid), all the windows were open and you could hear them from across the street! You could almost see the relief on there faces when they all shouted out the letter 'Z'!

In the evening we met some newcomers to the GH, Mohammed, Danny (both Asians), and Danny, they were all from the UK. We chilled with them in the lounge for a while. I went across the road to the Internet café and downloaded a programme that lets me take music off ipods and put it onto my Powerbook, that meant I spent most of the evening taking tracks off Danny's ipod. Tee (the guy who runs the GH) was having a session with the lads at the end of the lounge, Derek went and joined them. After I had finished working on my Powerbook, I went over to see what was going on with Tee and his boyz. The session basically consisted of an ice bucket in the middle of the table, that had a bottle of Vodka poured into it, followed by 1 can (yes that's only 1can!!!) of Tonic. There were two teacups on the table, and everyone had turns to team up, dip the cups into the bucket and down the drinks in one go. Five bottles of Vodka later everyone was a bit worse for wear. I was lucky really, I joined the party late and managed to walk away pretty unscathed. Tee and the crew at Longview, are a good bunch of guy's, it was really good to be able to chill with them on that kind of level. The rest of the guests are going on a tour tomorrow but we have been invited by Tee to accompany him to a family gathering. It will be a taste of real Cambodia (as if tonight wasn't real enough!).
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