I fell on my back and fish ate my toes
Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
42Trip End Feb 27, 2013
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What I did
This all means that this is my last night in Cambodia and what a day it has been. Sunset at Angkor Wat, a lovely bike ride (apparently my body has become numb to the torture I insist on engaging in), dinner with old friends that I met in Sihanoukville several weeks ago, some traditional Khmer dancing, had my feet cleaned by fish, another massage and a pedicure (whoa!), then a quick taco that was delicious
I also managed to fall full out on my back today. It must have looked like I was participating in one of those 'team building' exercises where you 'trust' your team to catch you as you fall backwards. In my case, I was alone (except for the lucky tourists that witnessed the event). I was in photojournalist mode and was walking backwards...in an ancient ruin site...shockingly there are stones laying about. I stepped back and my right foot hit the rock. To save myself from toppling over from the backward momentum, I jerked back with my left foot. Unfortunately, the rock had planned for this and was sufficiently big enough to catch my left foot too. With no way to stop the momentum and nowhere for my feet to go, I literally went flying backwards, camera in hand, and I'm sure a pretty priceless expression on my face. I landed square on my back, a bit shocked and a bit "Jasmine, you really just toppled over like a Jenga stack in public." Thankfully, I was fine...just some sticky grass souvenir thorns in my already accosted bum. (I also ran my front bike wheel into a tuk-tuk today on my bicycle...it
really is difficult to know that someone is turning right when they
don't use turn signals). Just never ends.
Before I sign off, I must make mention of this 'having your feet cleaned by fish' deal. Wow. What a creepy experience. Claude talked me into it because it was only a $1 for 15 min plus you got a free can of beer! There aren't much better deals than that
As for tomorrow...I embark with fish-cleaned painted toes. I hope that Laos is as fun as Cambodia was. I will really miss the unparalleled friendliness of the Cambodians. Even in Siem Reap where tourists are all over the place, messin up their natural rhythms, they always have a smile for you. They make Southern U.S. people look like curmudgeons! I have a feeling that in a few more years, the Cambodians will have hardened and not be as inviting. I've heard Laos people aren't unfriendly, but they tend to be more aloof. This will be a shock for me I think. On the flip side, I hear there is great coffee in Laos so I'm keyed up for that!!