"What do you mean theres a Lizard in our Bungalow?

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
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Trip End Mar 16, 2013


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Flag of Cambodia  , Koh Kong Province,
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Its early in the morning,and I awake to the sound of a rustling noise high above my head on the Bamboo ceiling. I feel comfort in the protection of the surround mosquito net tent that drapes over our bed that the night before  Carla and I carefully tucked in tightly under the mattress leaving no little spaces for any unwanted critters to find their way in to our sleeping quarters. Its 6 am on the island of Koh Rung, Cambodia. A large island south of the Cambodian coast in the Andaman Sea, a undeveloped paradise of white sand beaches, no ATMS, limited electricity, and water only available for cold showers twice a day from 8-10am, and 5-7pm.
Carla is still sound asleep at this point, I am wide awake searching the beams trying to find out what little critter( hopefully little) is making that rustling noise. It takes me about 10 minutes to locate him, he is camouflaged into the bamboo beam hes laying on, its a large lizard. Hes about 9 inches long...he sees me, and now i stare at him waiting to see what he will do next now that hes been discovered. Our bungalow has four walls, an attached bathroom and an open air ceiling. I laughed our first night at Carla wanting to shut all the windows so nothing would get in, I said " Carla, look up" she said No! " I said Carla....lol. look up" she repeats No! I laugh even more, she finally looks up thinking that I was talking about a spider or something hanging above her which there was not....she sees my point, it doesn't matter if you close the windows,,,anything can get in if its wants to.  You just have to believe that people wouldn't keep coming here if they were being killed my large spiders and snakes, and the bungalows were built this way for a reason...just trust, have a open mind, and tuk, tuk, tuk your mosquito net in carefully at night to ensure a good, uneventful sleep.
So, back to the lizard...We are having a staring contest for about 10 minutes, neither one of us has moved. Carla wakes up and turns to me, " what are you staring at?" I say without moving my glance up above.." A lizard on our ceiling..."  " WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE IS A LIZARD IN OUR BUNGALOW?"  Carla sits up immediately to say. It takes a little getting used to sharing your place with critters that were her long before us, they are probably saying the same things about us.." Hey, there's a bunch of humans in our space...hope they don't hurt us..." and all the while , that's exactly what we are thinking about them.
This island is special...it only around 10 bungalow operations, which all have their own bars and restaurants, and they close, along with all the lights , at 10 pm. That's about how crazy it gets here. The beaches are a powder soft sand, and surrounded with a crystal clear turquoise water. The water is very shallow and you can walk in some spots out forever. The boats only come in here twice a day, so the waters are quiet, and there isn't the loud long tail noise buzzing in the air as many of the popular Thailand islands. There is some litter and clothes that wash up on shore from surprisingly not the tourists, but from the many fisherman boats that fish off shore, and they discard there trash over the sides of their boats, and sometimes their clothes drying on their clothes line aren't properly secured and join the trash making its way to shore. Its hard changing a society to change its ways, and to find a better way to keep the world a cleaner places. Its interesting, I wonder how much better their fishing catches would be if they took better care of the ocean, giving the fish a better chance for healthy survival, which in turn makes their own survival thrive as well. Hopefully there are groups of enviromentalists out there working on this very concept.
We are staying at Paradise Bungalows, the hippest place to stay on the island and the very first to build here as well three years ago. The German owner, Rudy, is a very friendly man, with a interesting life and story in which he survived the Tsunami in 1994 , and was in Sir Lanka at the time and was in a coma for 11 days, barely surviving, decided to take his life in a different direction and moved to this island, living his life the way he always wanted. Hes a lovely man, and came by to greet me personally this morning and take my breakfast order.
Our bungalow is basic, and has a nice veranda with cushions and a hammock. The bed is very comfortable, always a huge bonus when traveling thur anywhere in Asia. The restaurant here is the stand out feature with large beam ceilings, open air sides, and large lounge cushions with window seat ocean views. The music is mellow, and the food is fantastic, I can see why this is the spot to be.
Carla is out snorkeling today on a day trip to some great spots, there are only a few people on her boat, making it even more unique and personal. I'm taking a day to myself on shore,  just to catch up on some writing, and reflect on how great my adventures have been so far, and that could take all day.....
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Sarah on

She's as scared of critters as I am! That lizard was huge! I hope you enjoyed those crystal clear waters!

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