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Jul 10, 2017 - Last Days in Siem Reap Cambodia

8.7.17 Travel blog - Last Days in Siem Reap Tuk tuk drivers sometimes sell other things beside a ride...... Mrs Wombat had arranged a museum visit with Tom the tuk tuk man and I decided that there are so many other things that I would rather do, than go to a museum. We parted ways outside of our hotel and I made sure Tom would bring Mrs Wombat home safely. So, off I stroll to change money and look for a heavy duty bag, (for all the extra stuff from the Post Office fiasco ....) The tuk tuk drivers did not seem to want to offer me a lift as...

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Jul 8, 2017 - My Birthday Siem Reap Cambodia

I consider myself a lucky wombat, as every birthday of mine for the past 10 years, has been celebrated in SE Asia. This one is no exception and a whole lot more fun than being at home or at work. The day started as usual with breakfast and a swim, then out for our morning walk. We stopped by the hair dresser for Mrs Wombat and then walked towards the Rohatt Cafe for a nice coffee and bakery, (it is my birthday and all!!!). Sitting and watching the world go by was a nice way to plan our day. We were planning a quick visit to the Rehash Trash...

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Jul 6, 2017 - The Post Office Cambodia

Sending a parcel home by post. Last week we went to the post office and checked out how we were going to send a box home, of things that we had brought with us and things that we have bought. We purchased a box and looked at the 5 and 7 kg rates and whilst they were reasonably high , we figured ok, it would be good to lighten the load. So as the days went on, we packed our box with what we wanted to send home, grabbed our tuk tuk and went off to the Post Office, so far so good... Well, when the man put it on the scales and it came in at...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Phare Circus

One of the things on our 'to do' list, whilst in Siem Reap, was to attend a performance by the well known Phare Circus. This is an amazing night out- the young performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus acts to tell stories, that are uniquely Cambodian. The circus performed its first show in 2013, transforming the lives of Cambodian youth. These youth have come from some of the most difficult social and economic backgrounds imaginable. The circus operates under an innovative social enterprise model, working alongside the NGO...

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Jul 2, 2017 - A day in Siem Reap

Its all about not having a set time to have to get up in the morning (unless you are going on a trip), deciding what to have for breakfast, perhaps taking the dirty clothes to a laundry of which there is one every 2 minutes of walking and for the cost of $1 USD per kg, either finished by late afternoon or the flowing morning. Then, where to have a coffee, and do I have a local Khmer brew for around 50 cents to a dollar or perhaps an upmarket caffe late for a dollar more. We settle for something in between in an air conditioned cafe and have...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Angkor Wat is Calling Me

Everyone has a 'bucket list' and so do I, with one of the things on my extensive list being, a visit to Angkor Wat. We made a decision that today was the long awaited day for our visit to Angkor Wat. The previous afternoon we had our tuk tuk driver pick us up at 4.30pm, to drive us out to pick up our 1 day pass for the following day. If you collect your pass by 5pm, then you are able to enjoy the sunset from Phnom Bakheng, which is set up a very steep hill and really worth the journey, just beautiful, as part of the day pass. There were...

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Jun 26, 2017 - Off to Siem Reap

After a last minute visit to the Russian Market in Phnom Penh and a couple of days staying in a different area of the city, we are ready to head to Siem Reap. Abiding by the 10 Commandments of travel in SE Asia, we duly head to a travel agency to book 2 seats on the Giant Ibis bus, for the 6 hour journey to Siem Reap. Tickets were $15 each, includes water and a snack, 3 stops along the way for breaks, wifi, extra leg room and a slower, safer trip. Sounds like a plan to me! We are collected on time the following morning and taken to the...

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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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