Hanging out with the locals

Trip Start Jun 23, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

Another epic bumpy and hair-raising bus journey takes us from Kampong Cham to Takeo which is a small village in the hinterlands. Here, instead of a hotel, we are to stay in the house of the local chief of the village with him and his extensive family. As we arrive late in the day we rock up and are almost immediatley set to work preparing the evening meal - Cambodian style. This entails going down the road to buy a 1/2meter block of ice, drawing water from the well in the garden and cooking in the openair kitchen under the house. All of the Cambodian village houses are made from wood and are built on stilts, the sleeping area is upstairs and underneath is the kitchen or where the animals sleep, or in the case of most cambodian houses, both. We were shown how to make a tradtional dish of omlet with chopped meat and greens called Morning Glory (snigger!) and then we all sat down with the family to eat. It was great to see how friendly everyone was and eager to explain how poeple really live in the countryside, it was also a great oppertunity for the many of the chief''s 9 sons to try out there English on us. Unsurprisingly their English was far supierior to our faltering Khymar interspersed with frantic hand gestures and miming.

Unexpectedly, Pip the youngest of the sons, was a bit of a DJ and tore through the quiet countryside atmosphere with a selection of English and Cambodian discoteque hits in an impromptue party until the wee small hours. Had we have not been staying in the chief's house, I think the neighbours might have complained!

It was surprising we got to sleep that evening surrounded by the stupidly loud croaks of frogs, crickets, birds and howling dogs - not to mention the coughing and mooing of the cows housed underneath us. 7 hours and half a dozen mozzie bites later we said goodbye to the family and set off for the 5 hour journey to Sihanoukville and the coast. 

Everyone was looking forward to the next few days R&R on the beach was a little dissapointed to note that it was raining buckets for the whole of the 5 hour journey and contined to do so when we got to out coastal destination. Mind you, that is to be expected when you travel in the rainy season, though it does mean any chance of a tan are out the window. We have three days here on the coast before we travel back to the capital Phnom Penh.
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anna11 on

Sounds fantastic!
Hello - it sounds like your having an amazing time. I am sure your yellow t -shirt made a very good impression on arriving in Thailand, thats funny. I hope the sun shines a bit for you while your on the coast. The sea will still be warm. Morning glory was our favourite veg in Thailand.
I cant wait to see the photos from Ankgor Wat I bet it was amazing - bugger about the clouds but I am sure it was still worth it.

Its great to hear your news. I look forward to the next installment. I wont make this a long one though as you have much more fun things to do than to read this :) Oh I am officially a teacher of little people! qualified Friday woohoo.
Have fun.
Anna xx

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