Where it will begin and end
Trip Start Jun 17, 2007
21Trip End Aug 20, 2012
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My first impression of Cambodia came as I rode a mototaxi from the airport into town. It first brought memories of Morocco, then Nicauragua. The diesel aroma with an underlaying leftover garbage smell. The roads seemed ok (better than expected) The drivers were not as agressive as the Vietnamese. Probably because there aren't as many of them. Intersections are still a crap shoot. Just look forward and walk. The traffic will go around you. As expected there is a great variation of old and new.... well not that much new yet. My moto driver was a pleasant man of about 48 who had two children. He worked many hours to take care of his family and expressed that he wishes he could afford to send his children to college
I spent the day on a walkabout for 3-4 hours in the humid mostly sunny day finding the Royal Palace, Central Market, Old Market etc then came home for a little nap before heading out for my evening exploration. The evening started with a moto taxi drive to the FCC, Foreign Correspondance Club. I of course met many foreigners although I don't think many were really writers. I struck up a conversation with two ladies from Sydney, Australia. One of them had been here in Cambodia 8 months ago and just had to share the experience with one of her friends. They had been here 5 days with only 9 more to go. They shared their experience on some of the busses and boats and suggested I get out to some of the smaller towns around. We watched the sun set over the Mekong River sipping a beer. What can be better than that. The sun was now down and it began to cool off to maybe 85 degrees.
This morning I was up at 6:00 looking for a cup of coffee. I really didn't expect to find any but did find a place that said "Cafe" I inquired and they do have coffee. It is like the coffee Greg and I had in Sapa, Vietnam
On my journey this morning I did enquire about the boat trip to Seim Reip. Water is too low. Check back in 5 days. (if it rains). I wish I had my camera this morning as I saw many unique things like the row of "gas stations" On the road that goes along the Mekong there is a stretch of about a quarter mile where every 100 feet is a table and someone is selling pepsi bottles filled with a liter of petrol. There must have been 20 in a row. All selling for the same price! 3,900 rei. about a dollar. Then came the stretch of road where there were about 10 "mechanic shops" where they sell sprockets and chains for motobikes. You can see them display the chains and sprockets by the road. 9:00 and I am dripping with sweat. I stop by a street market and bargan for a small towel as I get tired of using my shirt to mop my eyebrows and forehead. Much easier.
I found an internet cafe that has a nice keyboard and reasonable speed and decided I need to let you know I am alive and kickin'. Hope all is well back home. Will get some pictures up soon!