28th Feb - 2nd Mar 2012
Some holiday photos and experiences don't warrant a full post to themselves, but it'd be a shame to not include them, somewhere. So, before we leave Siem Reap...
|Where the river meets Tonle Sap lake|
|Looking a bit dry or perhaps the havest's over, as we near Siem Reap|
Angkor National Museum, which opened its doors in 2007, is quite majestic and is home to eight galleries chock full of ancient sculptures and relics, one which contains 1000 images of Buddha. Worthy of a visit, but more expensive than the Phnom Penh Museum, with an entry fee of US$10 for foreigners?
The streets. The morning we set out for Angkor Wat, this guy (below left) was up in the thick of a maze of branches and electricity wires that ran straight through the guts of it all, felling a tree, limb by limb. When we returned that afternoon, the trees had been levelled and the full extent of the wires could be appreciated.
Opposite our hotel's (review on next post) outdoor breakfast area/cafe, was a construction site and this women was diligently cleaning????????? the road with a blower! The wait staff, who wiped down the outdoor settings a few times a day under normal conditions, were quite aghast and ushered us inside...but at no time did they ask her to stop rearranging the dirt.
Sealing the road the old fashioned way.
Round about statue.
Funeral procession from our hotel window.
Common Grounds. A swish-ish coffee shop and cafe run by People for Care & Learning, which puts the profits to good use. I was lucky enough to create and donate a blackboard sign, taking it in lieu of non existent check-in luggage. Good food, great coffee and nice people.
Stray looking rather smitten ;)
Money. Tuk tuk driver's monthly salary from the hotel US$60. His rent US$35, his electricity $15, his hair cut US$1. Our meals + drinks US$4-$7.
Should've but didn't? Eat a Happy Pizza and track down Vegetable Ivory.
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