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Published: November 15th 2009
We had a bit of scare yesterday. Shauna woke up with red dots on her legs. This was after the fever and food poisoning she had a few days ago. Since we were in Phnom Penh, we thought we would check out a health clinic. Shauna wasn't feeling bad other than being a bit dizzy in the morning, but we thought we would play it safe. We did, and they took a blood test to check for Dengue Fever. A couple hours later we returned and the results confirmed that she had Dengue Fever. We wanted to get a second opinion before hitting the panic button. I phoned one of the local five star hotels and the Australian Embassy (Canada doesn't have an embassy here) for a recommended medical facility. They both said we should go to SOS International. Fortunately, it was only six blocks from our hotel. This clinic seemed much more like home than the other one, which looked like something right out of China Town. The local doctor at SOS spoke reasonable English. After another blood test, he said that there was no sign of Dengue at this time, but he said that we should monitor for it,
as the fever is common in this part of the world. Needless to say Shauna was very relieved. Our trip was back on!
We started the day in Kampot with the intention of taking the bus to Phnom Penh (150 km) in the morning and ride to Kampong Chhnang (91 km) in the afternoon. What we thought would be a two hour bus ride ended up being a five hour bone crushing ride... By the time we got in, it was too late to make it to Kampong Chhnang. At least that is what Shauna told me (I wanted to make a run for it). Shauna won, though. Doesn't she always?
Rested are raring to go, we headed out this morning for the ride to Kampong Chhnang, as we only have three cycling days left. The ride was uneventful other than the headwind we had for most of the day. We are having a bit more fun with the "Hello's" one the road. Sometimes I ham it up for the kids as I pass them.
We did pass by a number of mosques on this ride. Islam is present everywhere these days. We also saw a number
of mosques in Vietnam.
A sport that sure seems to be popular here is Volleyball. You can find volleyball nets all around the countryside, and I have even watched a few games. I would compare some of the games to good recreational league volleyball at home.
Once again we have a pleasant little town to stay in with Kampong Chhnang. The French have left their mark here with a beautiful park and some nice roundabouts. The interesting thing with this town is that it is right on the riverbank, which has given me a sight I haven't seen -- floating villages. I will be heading down for some pictures tonight. This computer connection is too slow for uploading photos, so I will have to wait for another time.
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