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December 8th 2013
Published: December 8th 2013
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We had three flights to get here, all of which were delayed, all of which were somewhat tedious, none of which were eventful, which was good. My assistant was on a later flight to Seattle and was prevented from connecting by snow. I expect to see him sometime after midnight tonight.

After getting here with my students, collecting those who took routes through China instead of South Korea, and checking in to the hotel, I stayed up until 2:00 AM checking arrangements.

I was up at about 6:30 and sat through multiple student breakfasts between then and 10:45. Nice choices and a pleasant courtyard at Frangipani Villa-90s. It was weirdly cool today--cooler that I've ever experienced in Phnom Penh. We split into two groups and walked around near the hotel looking for stores and restaurants. The group reconvened and we took a long walk, first to the former K'nyay restaurant, now part of The Terrace on Street 95. My group has several vegetarians and one person trying not to eat gluten, so it was a good choice and pleasant, with a dark wood interior, giant Buddha art on the wall, a nice breeze, and excellent curries. We walked by
Dining area, Frangipani Villa-90sDining area, Frangipani Villa-90sDining area, Frangipani Villa-90s

Looking toward the patio
Blooms, which has gluten-free cupcakes, but it was closed today. Monument Books for a refresher, then up to Wat Phnom. No elephants in evidence, and only a few monkeys across the street, but some puppies for the students to enjoy. We then walked to Sisowath Quay for coffee at Gloria Jean's, checked times and prices for sunset boat rides on the Tonle Sap River, and ate at an Indian place. Tuk-tuks back to the hotel, and I've done some laundry and will go to sleep.

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Lunch at The Terrace at 95Lunch at The Terrace at 95
Lunch at The Terrace at 95

The first of many barefoot experiences

8th December 2013

I like the group photo!

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