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Published: September 12th 2007
Cambodia & Happy Pizza
Asia » Cambodia » Siem Reap » Temples of Angkor By Sparkie
November 5th 2006
Statues on bridge leading to Angkor Thom
Cambodia is one of those places that you can get anything really. Just briefly: we had lots of fun at the Russian market purchasing knock off watches including- Gucci, channel and Dior, all for small dollars. The pharmacies here are also worth a mention, you can get anything you want from Valium to Viagra for a few dollars. I really should have taken some orders before I left!! You could also get Happy pizza! Well how we loved happy Pizza. The night after our distressing day at the Killing Fields we needed to take our minds off it so we opted to go out for Pizza, yes you guessed it, at the happy Pizza place. Well we patiently awaited the pizza, which looked pretty normal to me. I ate a couple of slices and convinced myself that there was absolutely no happy ingredient on this one- having made my own happy pizza at uni many years ago. So I ate as much of the thing as I could, focusing on the
areas that had herb sprinkled on it most. After sitting back for a while I was pretty annoyed at feeling normal so we went to a bar to have a
Man riding elephant on Bridge
few drinks. After a couple of beers I got up to got the loo and nearly fell head first off my bar stall. The Happy pizza had kicked in- big time! I giggled and wobbled all the way home and promptly passed out without packing for our flight to Siem Reap in the morning.
The most distressing thing about waking up the next morning, aside from having not packed, was waking up still completely and utterly stoned. I remember packing in a very methodical way where all the clothes formed a complicated jigsaw that needed to be put together. As I got to the airport Simon the tour leader just took one look at me and started to smirk. God it all felt so wrong. Thankfully after some breakfast and a mini sleep I started to feel normal again.
The next stop was Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat came at the end of our tour and for that reason was the much hyped climax
our three weeks of Temples, watts, beautiful scenery, fantastic towns and cities as well as amazing highs and lows.
We began with an introduction to this historic monument with some of the smaller less
Kids selling us stuff during our lunch
famous ruins, which were a mix of Buddhist and Hindu religion. The carvings and relief’s of Buddhist and Hindu deities were amazing. After a quick lunch, which as usual was hampered by kids trying to sell us stuff (that I know I'll miss when I'm home) we headed for the primary temple, Angkor Wat. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day; the afternoon sun was casting long shadows through the ruins and lit up the stunning carving on the walls. I was almost getting to grips with which carvings were Hindu and which were Buddhist. The temple was like a maze with countless doors, corridors and levels to be explored. After making our way to a central point we came out to an area where people were climbing impossibly steep steps to the highest part of the ruin where, once up there, you can explore but must get back down the way you came up and
that is more difficult. This was very amusing for those watching below and I have some great pics of our guys attempting it. We ended this amazing day with a cold beer - watching the sunset break over Angkor Wat.
That evening we went to a place recommended my Simon for a meal, called Dead Fish Tower.
The Dead Fish Tower would be more likely found in London or New York. It was just so cool. It was like it was created by someone on acid or someone influenced by Dali. All the floors were on different levels. There was a singer on one bit of stage that jutted out and a dancer on another but you couldn't see them both together from the same spot. All the levels had tables with cushions around them, some designed for eating while seated on the floor & others where you could sit at a regular table and eat. The hands on the clocks would spin round really fast and you had to walk over a small wooden bridge with actual crocodiles bellow to get to the loo!!!
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