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Oct 22, 2013 - Siem Reap

We arrived by shared taxi early evening after our epic journey from Bangkok, hot, tired, thirsty and hungry. Cue for a large ice-cold beer which we found straight after check in at the hotel, The Angkor Pearl. Very clean room, huge bed and......aircon. Siem Reap sprawls for miles into the countryside, fuelled by the demands of Angkor Wat tourism. Many, many hotels, hostels, guest houses. Some really big and plush hotels along the highway into town, some still under construction. So, we were given a recommendation for a nearby restaurant but...

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Oct 21, 2013 - Angkor Wat

Met our tuk-tuk driver outside the hotel to sort out what we wanted and the price and we were off! A very careful driver, not at all like those in Bangkok, took us to the ticket booth where we were photographed, paid our money and left with a very smart looking ticket. The driver drove us into the complex, which is vast, about 1,000 square km. Angkor Wat itself is just one of many temples, some Buddhist and some Hindu, so we started at the lesser temples which were nonetheless very impressive. All built on a sort of pyramid shape, sat in a...

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Oct 20, 2013 - Passed our first test!

Ok, so now we are beginning to think we can call ourselves travellers. We had left our hotel in Bangkok, bright and early, (actually it was before dawn) destination; Siem Reap in Cambodia, should be there by 4pm, it's a straightforward journey, what could go wrong? The taxi arrived on time and we had plenty of time to find the ticket office and buy our tIckets to the Thai border. The official advised the train would only be going as far at Pachin Buri (about two thirds the distance we wanted to go) as flooding had closed the line, but we...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Temples temples everywhere!

So another day another update! Today has been a really long day,but definitely Roth it!the alarm went off at 4am this morning which was a it of a shock! However, once I had a coffee, I was ready to go! It's morning we were off to see Angkor Wat at sunrise, which was at 5:52 for those that are interested in that kind of thing! A we later found out thiough, it was worth getting there early to get a good spot! Fortunately the bus journey was quite short, and we were ale to have an omelette baguette first (who knew that would even work?!) Sadly...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Country number two please

Well after two final days of enjoying the sights and sounds of Bangkok, which frankly were getting a bit old by now, today was the day we finally headed to Cambodia. We had managed to fit a lot into the last two days, including signing into a nice new hotel, and managing to break the world record for people in tuk-Tuks (well we somehow managed 7!). The trip to Cambodia did involve a very early start to enable us to make the distance, and still have time for something else. S it was a 6 am wake up call for breakfast, which was very...

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Sep 22, 2013 - Holy of Holies

Holy of Holies Warning: The contents of this posting may be offensive to my many Jewish brethren and may expose me as a Jack Jew - if such a term exists – or worse! Although we are still very much the same people we have always been, we are in Cambodia and, in a land this different, routines, practices, and sometimes even perspectives change. Both kids have been allowed to ride on the back of a moto (small, relatively slow moving motorcycle). They are also convinced that since almost no one else wears one, there is no need for them to wear...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Still A Curiosity

Still a curiosity One of the ways I know I am off the beaten track is when I, as a white man, am a curiosity. It gives me pleasure to report that this is still the case in parts of Siem Reap – our current home. I guess I should preface this by saying that, when I am a curiosity, I am a white man in a strange get-up doing something a bit atypical. Early this Saturday morning Josh and I rode our bikes to school. He to play soccer and participate in some casual activities with his classmates, and I to prep for the coming week. Josh was...

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Sep 1, 2013 - Josh's Birthday swingin' in the trees!

Josh turned 13 on September 1st, in a new country, and with no friends, so we decided to do something special. With assistance from Grandma, Grandpa, and Great Aunt, we took him to a new attraction in town, called the Flight of the Gibbons: it is a zipline course through the jungle around Angkor Wat. Why "Gibbons"? - apparently, they are a type of monkey, and there used to be many in the jungle here, but they were hunted to extinction. The attraction is planning to attempt a repopulation, and has a male and female that they plan to let...

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Aug 30, 2013 - My Trip Down the Block

My Trip Down the Block Last night, after dinner, I felt the need to get out of the house after being at school all day and then home for dinner. My sweet tooth was also crying out for something beyond the watermelon that we had eaten for dessert. Walking down our dark but busy street I came upon a party at our affluent Cambodian neighbor’s house. It appeared to be a coming of age ceremony for a teenage girl. House was festooned with balloons, dinner tables in the yard and a very loud sound system. All seemed to be having a good time. Not...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Daily routine

We have completed the first week of school! Our day begins at 6:10 when Jim, Josh and Adrienne board a tuk tuk for the short ride through a quiet Siem Reap to the school bus stop where we board the “teacher bus” for the 30 minute ride to school. We drive down the main highway for most of the way. “Highway” is not what one is used to in the US. All manner of vehicle occupy the highway – from kids on bikes to large, long haul trucks. In many circumstances vehicles are traveling in every which direction without substantially disrupting...

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Jul 9, 2013 - Chau Tho to Saigon

Hi, another day on holiday and temperature a bit more pleasant. Up at six for a swim in the nice pool, great breakfast then off to floating market to see all the boats, farmers selling all their fruits etc. Was a bit of a mission trying to get the boat amongst all of them. Stopped and ate some pineapple on one of the boats,beautiful taste when fresh. Larger boat stay until they sell all there fruit, vegetables etc. May travel many kms from the Mekong river to market. They live, cook, wash on boats, looks a hard life. The people that live...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Phom Penh to Chau Tho Vietnam

This morning we were up early, it rained very heavy at night and got caught in last night at the markets. Was interesting watching all the kids playing in the rain, lasted about 20mins then just light rain. Just as well we did city night tour early. Heaps of noise at hotel,me and Annaliese slept well. Breakfast good, nice fruits, omelettes,cakes etc. I eat heaps,girls can't and wonder why they feel faint and need a break from the heat. Today not so bad, only 35degrees with 70 percent humidity. Still sweating most of time, with feet swollen...

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