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Cambodia – Last Days

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Due to an afternoon bus departure, I had a morning to kill in Kratie. To that end I went back to the bookshop where I had eaten previously as the breakfast menu looked good. Upon my entrance, I found that the American owner had indeed been busy over night. Sitting on the bar were two brand spanking new cardboard bosoms. They were modest in size, but very 1980’s Madonnaesque (a.k.a. pointy). Having completed his necessary cardboard body alterations, he was working on a cardboard skirt when I entered. I learned on further questioning that he was to be Anchora the beer princess. Anchor is a beer brand in Cambodia. Anchora supposedly has made appearances before in Cambodia on different occasions and is quite the hit in this small river town. [read on]

Island Getaways and Laoward Bound

Friday, January 18th, 2008

I caught a morning bus to Kep and got dropped off at the boat docks for the trip to Koh Tonsay. I found a man selling boat tickets for $15 roundtrip to the island. As this was for the whole boat, I decided to wait around and see if anyone else would show up to go. About 40 minutes later a group of four foreigners showed up. I walked over to them as they were speaking to another man about a boat. He was going to charge everyone five dollars a person for the roundtrip. Despite this being a slightly higher price, I decided to go with them as I was tired of waiting. When I said that I was going to stay overnight, the man tried to charge me $10 saying that it cost more for me to stay overnight. Despite explaining why this made no sense (I was just going to share a boat coming back, I didn’t need a special boat just for me), he wouldn’t take five. In the end I told him that I wasn’t going to spend the night and paid my five dollars. It technically wasn’t a lie because I still had plans to look around the island before ultimately making up my mind about how long I wanted to stay there. The trip out to the island in the wooden skiff took about 25 minutes. [read on]

Uniquely Cambodian

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
I walked outside at the appointed time to catch my ride to the boat dock for the trip to Battambang. My ride wasn't quite what I expected as a motorcycle pulling a hay trailer pulled up. I piled into the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Angkor part deux

Friday, January 4th, 2008
After my first day of temple exploring, I was hungry and decided to try some of the food stalls around the market. They run about $0.75-$1 for a meal instead of paying $3 for the same meal in the restaurant. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
I woke at 4:15 am on New Year's Eve so that I could catch my train to Cambodia and finally got to bed 24 hours later....... Leaving Robert's apartment at 4:45 am, I took a prearranged taxi to the the Hualamphong ... [Continue reading this entry]