Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
82Trip End Sep 01, 2006
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cambodia is the first country so far, with no mcdonalds or fast food (coca cola though), which has been really refreshing (pun....drum roll please), i think the same will be true in our next two countries. we have however seen a couple of mcdonalds signs, our guest house owner down south, said ít's not a mcdonalds, but it does other sorts of 'take-out'.
Anyway, the reason we are in kratie, which is north of the capital, is because we want to spot some irrawaddy dolphins, one of the few species of fresh water dolphin, and a protected species, you can find them here, laos, australia and in india, which is where we failed to spot them earlier in the trip. they are smaller and have a much stumpier head than common dolphins.
first night, chilled, 2nd day we did a trip to a couple of temples, which were unremarkable, apart from alot of very colourful Buddha related paintings, which however i think are very recent. we then spent a little while contemplating swimming at the rapids, there was no one else in, and it looked fast and rocky, maybe i'm getting to old for this stuff. we then went onto a place, where we could spot the dolphins from a boat. spot we did, a lot, but they never got to close, but it was beautiful as the sun was coming down. then straight on the bike, driving very fast to a mountain spot for what looked to be an amazing view over the Mekong river and sunset. Unfortunately after running, and then bounding up a lot of steps, breathing heavily through gritted teeth, the sunset had been lost in the cloud
day 3, we hired a bike, and took in the countryside, drinking more palm juice, and coconuts, and of course revisiting the dolphins. i wasn't as keen as kate, but we were rewarded for our persistance. we got our own boat, and a much better view of the dolphins, with them coming very close to the boat, it was very breath taking. not breath taking enough however for kate not to be squealing with excitment. afterwards, we enjoyed duck eggs and mango, or should i say 'enjoyed not touching', much to the delight of the staff at the stall, i looked at my warmed up duck egg (or chick), expecting at any moment for it to start squawking, and then made the educated choice, and left it there and took a picture instead, what would you do? either way, i'll sleep better tonight, not hearing quacking in my sleep. the night time was more relaxing, which is also the code word for not spending money, internet time and films.
since traveling, we have lost many things along the way, the most recent was my bed sheet in bangkok, which they forgot to give back to me at the cleaners, and i didn't realise until it was too late
the time for vietnam is nigh.
as a side note, one unusual fashion item that we have noticed in cambodia, is the unusual number of women dressed in pj's all day long. i'm not sure if this part of the world is ahead or behind us in the world of fashion, but to be fair it does look fairly comfortable, if not warm.