Sucked into Sihanoukville.

Trip Start Jan 28, 2009
Trip End Sep 05, 2009

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

What was meant to be a 3-4 day stopover in Sihanoukville quickly turned into a full week here.Our friend Phil, who we met in Vang Vieng, Laos... and then ran into in Phnom Penh.. decided to come join us and our beachside relaxation morphed into beachside drinkfest (sorry mom.) There is one main 'party' beach called Serendipity and it's lined with outdoor bars and clubs, serving draft beer at $0.50 and everything else relatively cheaply as well. The only expensive thing here is, oddly enough, the food. But Cambodian food has turned out to be a nice surprise for me, especially after absolutely hating Vietnamese cuisine. I've lost ridiculous amounts of weight from Vietnam just because I couldn't find anything I found appetizing.

The beach isn't all relaxing and drinking though. There are a fair amount of beggars, amputees with arms or legs missing due to (I'm assuming) landmine accidents that pull themselves along the beach smiling and holding out their hand. Also a couple of women with babies that carry them from bar to bar and stand outside staring at you with big sad pleading eyes and a bucket to collect handouts. Annnd the children. Oh, the children are brutal. They aren't beggars but they sell homemade bracelets and will just not give up until you've bought one, or promised to buy one the day afterwards (they *will* find you). Oli and I were suckered into buying a bracelet each.

We've had a lot of fun though. Phil is a good time and I'm glad he decided to come join us. There are fire dancers performing by the beachfront bars and I even gave it a go a couple times. The seafood BBQs are delicious and cheap, and a lot of places have live music at nighttime.
We've also met a few interesting characters. Phil had an altercation with a lady-boy who wouldn't keep his(her?) hands to him(her?)self. A pretty nutty guy named 'G' (yes, only 'G') who must be over 50 has semi-befriended us, he's a bit off his rocker but relatively harmless... apparently the local children call him the 'Ghost' and the few times he tried to order a drink from a bar we were at he was turned down for reasons probably going waay back.

But, now, it's really time to go. We've spent way too long here, drank too much, we need to move on and give our bodies a break (again, sorry mom). So tomorrow it's onto a bus and then 10 hours to Siem Reap, home of the wonderous Angkor Wat.. pride of all Cambodians.
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