Janette and I are off to Istanbul for a long weekend at the beginning of March – yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!
5* hotel, 3 nights for the price of 2. Thanks Lastminute.com!
Spent the morning sorting through my digital photos, and uploading them to my fotopic album, which carries the title Intrepid Cambodia.
My favourite digital photos:
A Reflective Angkor Wat
Family Sparkler Duel
The Bike Ladies
The moonrise at Pre Rup
Me at Ta Prohm (or is it Preah Khan?)
Busty Ladies at the Terrace of the Leper King
Angkor Thom causeway guardian
Strangle tree at Sambor Prey Kok
Hazel has already made sure our combined collection of 16 rolls of film has been developed (I shudder at the snappysnaps cost….) and provided I can fudge another few days not working at work the other side of New Year, I’ll scan in the best ones and add them to the album. If you want to set up one of your own, just go to fotopic.net, register, and follow the instructions!
It’s freezing here in London – looks like Hazel and I lucked out landing to 12C yesterday morning. It’s max 4C here today, cf 33C in Phnom Penh. Not that we’re at all jealous of those of you still enjoying yourselves in Thailand, Laos, KL and elsewhere! I’m looking forward to being wined and dined by myPhil 🙂
December 2012: Following Fotopic’s demise, I’ve uploaded the photos onto Flickr – Intrepid Cambodia, December 2002
….said with heavy irony.
24 hours after taxiing from the Puncak to Phnom Penh airport, Hazel and I landed in rainy LHR after an unimpressive series of flights with Lufthansa. Won’t be flying with them again.
Feeling miserable and have no desire at all to be sitting at my desk at 12:15, with it still raining outside and my inbox reduced to a long and tedious To Do list. I’m downloading my photos from my ixus, but tbh, seeing photos from the three weeks in Bangkok and Cambodia just making matters worse.
Am too pissed on Angkor beer to be coherent – celebrating H’s 32th with a beeeeeeeg meal and many bottles of beer and a great cake! surprise from the tour leader.
Had a v cool day hanging off the back of a bike, and driving through rural villages – doing the queen thing, waving and saying hello to the locals. sounds tacky? but was ace. and then we rode home on the railway, but not on a train, more of flat bed bamboo screens with a DIY lawn mower engine power alternative.
Lots of fun!
So, as you can tell, having a whale of a time on our Heart of Cambodia trip.
I’ve have just eaten a huge khmer veg and tofu curry, and am fit to burst, or maybe that is due to the big bottle of Angkor beer I had with it…. I passed on the deep fried spiders thankyouverymuch! i’m not kidding!!!!
Each day is packed with new things, and having 10 new people to get to know and to get along with, not to mention the challenge of trying to communicate with the Cambodians we meet on the way, means that the days feel fuller than the itinerary suggests.
Blue blue skies here, temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s, and I got sun burned the day before yesterday to prove it (doh!), on top of a morning express boating along the Mighty Mekong from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham (map) which left me with a rosy red face 🙂 not quite so red now, thank heavens. En route from from Phnom Penh we visited some off the beaten track towns and temples, and as a consequence have done lots of smiling and waving and “helloing”, and riding pillion on motorbikes.
It’s a good trip – bit of an odd mix of people (10+leader), but not bad, and probably less oddball than any trip which takes people away for the Christmas holiday has any right to be. We’ll be spending Christmas Day in Sihanoukville, down by the coast and on the Gulf of Thailand.
We’re now in Siem Reap which is the town 6 km from Angkor Wat, where all the tourists base themselves for their X days in the temple sites. It’s a bit like going into Alton Towers, with tourist buses pulling up at the toll booth, disgorging passengers who get their photopass tickets and then climb on board again to be ferried to their site-du-choix.
We spent the morning on a bumpy bus ride from our overnight stop at Kampong Thom, and the afternoon at one of the Angkor Wat sites – lovely detailed carvings of everyday Khmer life in the 12 century… and great big faces carved onto the temple towers – in honour of the king who commissioned the temple. Next door is a vast frieze of elephants doing what elephants did in the 11 century – hunting, carrying, warring….
We’re here until Saturday morning, with tomorrow a full day’s Angkor Watting, Friday a half day, with the afternoon free to do what we want, which for H and I will involve a Seeing Hands massage (blind masseurs, Japanese massage) from 4-5pm.
And back in PP before the trip got underway, we bumped into Miss Universe at the Russian Market, as you do….
And I’ve taken lots of photos!!