On The Road Again

Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
Trip End May 02, 2013

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The mini-bus trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was like a thrill ride.  A bumpy two lane highway used as five with motorbikes on each shoulder, cars and buses inside them and a middle lane for the daring to play chicken until one eventually backs down and ducks in behind a slower vehicle.  Oh, and the motorbikes also pass each other; helmets optional.  Add bicycles and farm equipment to the mix and, well, you get the idea.

In order to travel these roads to visit distant relatives or go on vacation, Cambodians need papers signed by the government to avoid being jailed.  Also, the Phnom Penh Post tells tales of 'development' wiping out homes and relocating families.  One young HIV-positive girl was sent to a province where she could no longer access antiretroviral medications and developed symptoms soon after the move.  Lucky for her she had an aunt in the city who was willing to take her in.

Back home before our journey began, Jason spent a month making a playlist from his music collection and all that work is now paying off.  With my top 1,511 songs playing alphabetically, I hit the letter C today.  Highlights included 'Can't Get Started' by Handsome Furs and 'Capumcap' by Nightmares on Wax.

Sylvia has rekindled her passion for finding and consuming the best desserts a place has to offer.  From 1,000 riel (25 cent) street-side pancakes to (Lucky) supermarket ice cream and luxe treats from The Blue Pumpkin, there is always something close by to satisfy her sweet tooth.

We're up to 1,700 hits on the blog and hope everyone is enjoying our stories and photos.  We certainly appreciate your visits and comments.  Note that if you click on the photos, they open up larger for better viewing.

Tomorrow we visit two sites that serve as chilling reminders of the hell Cambodia went through at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, namely Tuol Sleng (S-21) Prison and Choeung Ek Killing Field.
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Liz Au on

Looks like you guys are having quite the adventure!! I am sitting here in DI at TWH looking at my patients for the day thinking about you guys half way across the world. Can't wait to read more about your trip :)

Reena on

Hey Guys!
Enjoying following the blog!! And Sylvia's quest for desserts!!
Sure is a lot more fun than studying in mid Jan in Ottawa!

ange on

If you have a chance, we recommend going to Friends Restaurant...yummy food and for a good cause :)

sylviajason on

Thanks for the tip, Ange! We went to Friends for lunch today. Delicious!!! We had our best dessert yet -- ginger-spiced mango, pineapple and coconut crumble with ice cream :o)

henniterness on

Glad you found Blue Pumpkin :) PNH has several of them and I think Vientiane in Laos also might have it. One of the best coffees in SEA. My favourite is right by the waterfront in PNH. I spent many a day there, appreciating the AC, 'customer service' and WIFI :)

Steph on

Yes, I'm definitely enjoying the blog! It's been busy lately so I've fallen behind a bit but hope to be all caught up on your travels this long weekend. Btw, great writing and photos! Glad to hear that you two are sampling plenty of delicious local cuisine including desserts :) Take care!

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