27 Feb

Another couple of days have drifted by…we ended up keeping our motorbike for a few more days as it was so handy to be able to get around. A litre of petrol is 79p and the bike was £3.16 a day to hire. A tuktuk to one of the beaches costs £1.60 each way so it makes sense. Although we did hear about a Dutch couple who were kicked off their bike whilst they were going along so they could be robbed when they fell off. The guy hit his head hard and ended up in hospital. No driving at night down streets with no lights then.

– It’s been very hot as there is hardly any breeze so the sea is like a millpond and it’s boiling…the average temperature here is 30 degrees. At night it usually drops to a balmy 26 degrees. We’ve had to stock up on the factor 50 :)

– We went to see the monkeys at Independence Beach.

They hang around by the little banana stalls that have popped up along the road too. One of them was a bit vicious, hissing and showing his teeth to anyone who got too close. He stole someone’s trousers off their washing line, running up the trees with them over his head. He also jumped onto someone’s motorbike and bent the wing mirrors towards him so he could see himself in the mirror

– Lovely sunsets over Victory Beach

– Went to a different beach this time, Otres, so Craig, Mike, Ben and Andy could go kayaking whilst I stayed with the dog. Powdery white sand and turquoise clear water

Craig had a pedicure and foot scrub

Poor woman was there for hours…

– We went back to the row of little cafes with hammocks yesterday. I had beef noodles with pak choi and a fried egg on it. Yum.

After all the exhaustion of a day spent lying down, we ended up napping in our hammocks for an hour or two :)

– Went for dinner at Flame Bar in Serendipity which was lovely. We got talking to one of the waiters there who wants to be a doctor and because his father and grandfather were, but they were killed by the Khmer Rouge before he was born. Everyday reminders that it was so recent.

Apparently these are for customers at the bar

Not sure who would feel comfortable in a hammock that was two storeys up over a flimsy plastic lean-to :)

– D-day finally came and we gave away the second dog in six weeks, little Namnam. He made this job so hard with his puppy eyes

but he went off with Geordie for his check-up in Phnom Penh and lots of fuss from Geordie’s mum. I am sure he will be looked after but I miss him already though as he was so cute and improving all the time. Maybe adopt-an-animal will have to become a regular occurance whilst travelling :) However, the animals I have seen most of here are snakes. Snakes in the jungle, snakes at the guesthouse, snakes on the beach. Not sure how cuddly they are but armed with my Guide to Poisonous Snakes of Cambodia, I am determined to find out.


2 Responses to “Round-up”

  1. maryduranteyoutt 27 February 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. I enjoy reading your well written blogs.

    • toaustraliathelongway 27 February 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      Thanks for your comment :) we’re on the move again today so should soon have something more interesting to say than “and then we went to the beach”!

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