Kickin back in Kampot
Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
42Trip End Feb 27, 2013
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I met a French Canadian from Montreal that I walked with after getting off the minibus this morning
The town of Kampot is very interesting. It retains much of the French architecture from the colonization period. The most intriguing site (though perhaps difficult to appreciate from pictures) is the old French bridge that was destroyed during the Khmer Rouge's rise to power. They 'repaired' it over time via a completely undirected plan. Obviously going to collapse at any moment. I don't think it's ever a good idea to 'wedge' your girders between exposed pieces of reebar from a previous bombed section. Yeah, wedged. It's not even one level...you must drive up and down ramps as you traverse the various 'sections'. I got to really feel the loveliness of the roads this morning in the minibus. For some reason, paving 200 meters of road, then stopping for 200 meters before resuming the pavement was the way to go. Makes for quite the rough transitions. In the one place you actually need seatbelts to hold you in, there are none. It's like an amusement park ride...I need a shoulder harness, but no, you flop around like a rag doll trying to crack a head
I told my new friend about the reason I came to Kampot--Bokor Hill Station---a old French outpost built in the 1920's on the mountain top near here that has been abandoned. That's right, my friends, abandoned hotel, Catholic church, and other buildings at 3000 ft which become enshrouded in mist and fog on cool days. Apparently, the cool weather has encouraged the growth of lichens which happen to be orange so the whole place is made even more eerie with the orange glow. Is my excitement palpable?? What could be better? Oh yeah, the fact that the Khmer Rouge used it as their outpost during the revolution and so there are bullet holes as well! We are renting motorbikes tomorrow and going there. I am flippin stoked!!!