Sunday, the Sabbath, a Day of Rest!

Trip Start Feb 17, 2013
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Trip End Mar 21, 2013


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Sunday, March 3, 2013

We decided that today was going to be a rest day.  Dayna, still nursing a head cold, slept in late.

I, on the other hand, got up at the butt crack of dawn, as usual.  My idea of sleeping in is anything past 6:00!  I think I made it to 6:30.  So, off to breakfast for me and then I took off on a 2 hour walk around the city.  I was back by 9:45, soaking wet.  I don't "glisten" like the girls.  But, how often will I have the opportunity to walk around Phnom Penh.  Meanwhile, Dayna was about to have a 90 minute spa treatment here at the hotel for the exorbitant price of $35 -- yes, it is exorbitant for this part of the world.

I headed for the pool.  Now here is some trivia for you.  Pools in really poor, hot places use salt water instead of chlorinated water.  So, you may jump into a pool to cool off but you still have to take a shower afterwards. (Note to Tom from Dayna:  you need to shower off the chlorine, too.)

By mid afternoon we were both toasted or would that be poached?  Dayna went to our room to take a much deserved nap.  A glutton for punishment, I headed out again.  "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun."

This evening, we were off for the Night Market along the river.  Our trusty tuk-tuk driver, Lan, picked us up at 6:00, as agreed. First order of business, some street food from the stalls.  It is very cheap here.  We ate like pigs for under $10.  The fruit smoothie stall owner was from San Francisco.   He moved here a year ago.  He is opening a restaurant, has this food stall and some kind of a store somewhere in town.  Phnom Penh is like a gold rush town, open it and they will come.

Our guide from yesterday, Ms. Davy, helps her kids out at the dried flower stall so we stopped in to say hello.  Then, we were off down the quay next to the river for a nice walk home.  Lots of activity on the quay, as you will see in the pictures.

But how can a night in Phnom Penh be complete without a stop at the local DQ?  Right there on the river walk!  Being the only Caucasians patronizing this American icon, we were a novelty to all the Cambodians who kept looking at us.  It was interesting to watch what these poor -- by our standards -- people eat.  Small portions or, if they order a large size, it is shared among several.  

Tomorrow, we are heading off to Siem Reap and the temples on a six hour bus ride.
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