Sleepy in Sihanoukville

23 Feb

We have been doing so little over the last few days that it is almost shameful but it has been lovely and relaxing. So much so, I can’t really contemplate doing anything ever again.

–       Craig has gone fishing a couple of times in the morning and has befriended a Russian man who helped him catch a 30cm fish and a squid

 –       We moved out of our last place as we heard lots of reports of theft from the bungalows. It also might have had something to do with this

Frogs in the bathroom were fine but hairy six inch seven-legged (probably from all the fighting with grown men) spiders are Not Ok. 

–       Went to an open-mic night…to find that a Gary Linekar lookalike was the sole act and played mainly lift music

 –       Spent many afternoons on the beach, lazing in these giant chairs which once you’re in them, it is nearly impossible to get out of because they are so comfortable


…and in the rare moment of motivation where we thought we ought to get off our sunloungers and do something, we hired a motorbike and our friend Andy took us to a secluded beach – we were the only ones on it – with the dog.

Craig and I were chatting away, me with one arm holding the dog (conked out, lolling over my arm) and the other holding Craig, going about 15 mph, not thinking about what we were doing when we realised we must have Cambodians in a former life as we fit right in with the other crazy people on the roads here!

After two swims, we went to a beachside bar where they have hammocks. We ate (Craig’s grouper was caught in front of us, can’t get much fresher than that)

and then collapsed into hammocks for the hottest part of the day, listening to the waves and the fluttering of the Cambodia bunting they’d got everywhere, the dog on my lap…needless to say the next hour flew by as we all had a doze :) and then a swim. The owners’ three dogs thought this was a brilliant idea and jumped in to join us

Unfortunately all the swimming washed the suncream off and I am now a colour that I believe is most favoured by pillar boxes.

 –       Namnam continues to draw in just as much attention and love from strangers and is going from strength to strength. He now wags his curly tail (previously straight from not having the energy to keep it upright!), puts some weight on his bad shoulder and stays awake for more than 5 minutes after eating everything in sight

…and on that note, we have found a new home for him! We went to a bar, Space Cats in Victory Hill, for drinks and a really nice chilli burger, and the owner Geordie said he would be happy to take him on and look after him. Namnam is going with him on Sunday to Phnom Penh for another checkup and potentially surgery if his shoulder is as bad as the vet thought. Geordie is a lovely Canandian with a Khmer wife, a six month old son and a couple of cats. The bar has a big garden for Namnam to run around in and I am sure he will be spoiled by all the customers. Namnam met Geordie’s mum yesterday and I think it was a close call as to whether she was going to smuggle him back overseas! Hopefully he gets the all-clear from the vet’s and Geordie can take him on. We are really happy that he is going to a great home :)


4 Responses to “Sleepy in Sihanoukville”

  1. maryduranteyoutt 23 February 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Sounds like you are having the perfect time in Cambodia, rest with a mix of swimming. Sorry to hear you got sunburn. Slather on the SPF 70. Always look forward to your blogs.

    • toaustraliathelongway 23 February 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Out of all the places we’ve been to this year and last year, Cambodia is our favourite so far. Can’t wait to explore more of it! I’ve not had much time to catch up with other people’s blogs but I notice from yours that you loved Cambodia too..good taste! Yes will do – waterproof spf 70 – and thank you :)

  2. Christopher Walker 23 February 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Another great blog post!
    So pleased to hear that Namnam looks to have found a good new home.
    Love the shot of him asleep on your shoulder – title of book you’re reading “The kindness of strangers” is very fitting – seems likely your kindness as strangers saved his life!

    • toaustraliathelongway 24 February 2012 at 12:51 am #

      He is annoyingly cute – it would be much easier to give him away if he wasn’t so gorgeous! He’s licking my ears as I write this. Yes it is that book – I bought it after being saved by Chris and Emma who lent us money when we were stuck. What goes around comes around…if it hadn’t been for Chris and Emma, we wouldn’t have had enough money to go on the jungle trek where we found him!

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