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Mar 19, 2017 - Wat the hell time is it?

Wat the hell time is it? March 19 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia 4:30am. Seriously. I can download photos from the internet anytime I want to, if I want to see the sun rising over the towers of Angkor Wat.  Or buy a postcard of it from any child in Cambodia- they all sell them.   But Savath insisted that we had to do this and so, against my better judgment and keen instinctual belief that "sleep is good", we rose at 4:30am this morning....and were back in bed asleep by 8:30am.  During the intervening 4 hours, I heard my wife regularly mumbling...

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Mar 18, 2017 - Savath in Cambodia – Shul hopping again

Savath in Cambodia – Shul hopping again March 18, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia Well, I officially broke my wife. Not literally. But enough so that last night, when we were discussing our adventures for today, she was almost giddy with delight when I asked her if, for Shabbat, she’d prefer to just sit out today’s full-day of Temple hopping and take a ‘casual day’ while I had Savath schlep me around. I’m shocked, to be honest. I’ve been reading reams of information to her the past week about the intricate details of the different temples and how...

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Mar 17, 2017 - Love & Needlepoint amongst the Ruins

Love & Needlepoint amongst the Ruins March 17, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia Well, more accurately put, it’s called ‘Cross-stitching’. So I’ve been told by she who was not content wielding knitting needles in my presence and so has now added to her arsenal of weapons a pair of little but sharper needles. The needles come with the cross-stitching kit that we picked up this afternoon at West Edmonton Siem Reap Market Mall. We have been in more markets now than I can shake a piece of used clothing at. This one is clearly where the locals shop. It...

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Mar 16, 2017 - Jay 7 & the Begettings

Jay 7 & the Begettings March 16, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia I have made the acquaintance now of each of the mosquitoes that hang out at the pool at our hotel at dusk. Each of them have left me a small ‘present’. Mostly on my legs. I’ve named them all – my favourite is “Spot”. Lizzy warned us about the small beggars (by this I mean the mosquitoes at the pool, not the children) but unfortunately, I, as usual, wasn’t listening. As a result, I have now (at last count) 17 mosquito bites on my left leg which pretty much coat the leg from the top...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Healing Sick Children

My daughter is always right March 15, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia Last night we had dinner with Stefan & Heike at a lovely restaurant called “Haven”, which serves as a training restaurant, helping underprivileged young people to be trained as chefs, servers and administrators in the restaurant business. The young people at “Haven” will do just fine as they brought us all the Angkor Beer that me & Stefan wanted – we aren’t that demanding as it turns out. The food was good, too. This was a last chance to visit with our new friends from the boat...

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Mar 14, 2017 - All Wat I know ...

All Wat I know…. March 14, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia And now, a test: Wat has its image reproduced in Cambodia on everything from beer to banknotes? Wat a hint? It’s the thing wat’s on the flag of the country, too. Alright, let me try it this way: In Cambodia, Thailand and Laos, wat do you call a Buddhist monastery or temple? Wat’s that you say? You’re getting Angkor-y with me? You wat me to stop that? Good luck! ------ There, I got that out of my system. I’ve been waiting almost a month and a half to do that. But I’ve been waiting a whole...

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Mar 13, 2017 - I eat dead spiders....

I Eat Dead Spiders March 13, 2017 Siem Reap, Cambodia Well, the title to today’s blog is just one big fat lie. I was ready, willing and able but our guide Pier forbid me from eating even one of the fried tarantulas from the sticky mounds of them on sale at the rest stop at Skun (aka “Spider Town”) en route from Prek K’dam to Siem Reap. He also forbid me from eating (and I am not making this up) the following fried things also for sale: Water bugs Silkworms Locust Beetles (come in big, medium & small sizes) Assorted maggots (I just call...

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Feb 27, 2017 - Angkor Wat and our lost driver

Hello from Siem Reap. Oh...if you would know what a difference it makes when you aren't in a big city... it so nice here. It's a small town in the jungle. Green,trees,palms everywhere and we have a small river where we are staying. The hostel is much nicer, very cute little quirky hostel with a really nice terrace and some swing chairs to enjoy writing ☺️ It was very cheap with shared bathroom only £3.82/ night/ person. The owner is an Australian couple,they live here for 13 years. As it's a small town,everything we need is so...

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Jan 30, 2017 - Siem Reap... the end of our journey together....

After a lovely few days in Phnom Penh it was time to start our final long drive of the trip – up to Siem reap. The journey is set to take about 6 hours nowadays as they have relatively recently surfaced the road making it smoother for the traffic to head between the main cities (it also promotes from crazy driving….like I have never seen before!). Sok was pointing out all the new developments on the way out of Phnom Penh – the sport complexes, apartments, shopping arcades, car showrooms to name just a few. It really feels like the city is...

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May 29, 2016 - Last day in Cambodia

Nothing planned for the day so we slept in late and had a late breakfast. We packed bags for a bit then decided to head down to the old market to look around and spend a bit of cash. Took a tuk tuk ride - about five minutes - then into the market. We wandered through clothing and shoes for a while, then came to the food section - lots of all sorts of fish, squid, and other things pretty unidentifiable. The smell was what you might expect with an open air fish market and 85 degrees. Got some trinkets and final purchases then headed back for...

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May 28, 2016 - Ox cart, mud, dance, and sugar

Our last day of touring saw us getting up around 6:00 with my stomach much better. To be cautious I only had tea and some breads for breakfast. Alice joined us and fed one of the restaurant cats, then we met the guide and headed off. We drove way off into the country down a long dirt road and stopped and met our water buffalos and ox carts. Alice and I on one cart and Kitty and Phroney on the other. We ambled along for about 30 minutes through some rice fields and passed several large duck farms – one clearly for duck eggs the others...

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May 27, 2016 - Ankgor Wat, Ankgor Thom, and Angry Monkey

Up at a reasonable time and down for a nice breakfast of all sorts of fresh fruits. Servers here are as polite as in Thailand. We met Phroney at about 8:00 and we headed off to Angkor Wat on a very bright and sunny (and hot) day. Before we got to the complex we had to have our pictures taken for the pass into all the temple complexes in the area. There were also the folks trying to sell us books and trinkets – quite a bit more pushy than in Thailand. We entered the complex from the “wrong” end and had a spectacular view of the complex with...

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