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Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 30th 2017

27 degrees and humid is a bit of a shock after the weather we’ve been having in Auckland. It’s the end of the rainy season in Phnom Penh, so far so good. The water festival is on later in the week so that will be an experience. We’re not quite sure what it entails, but racing on the Mekong is one of the activities. Agata and Alexander met us at the airport. “We are very pleased that you have come to see us” he said In his cute 2 1/2 year old voice. We can’t believe how much like Sean he looks. The Halliday genes are very strong. The drive back through the hustle and bustle of the city with motorbikes, cars and tuk tuks all vying for space took us an hour. Not sure about ... read more
Ian reading to Alexander
Alexander going off In a tuk tuk to a play date

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 28th 2017

We are off to Phnom Penh in Cambodia to stay with Sean, Agata and little Alexander, our 10th grandson. You may remember we went to their wedding in Cape Town last year. Agata's new posting with the EU has brought them to Phnom Penh. While there we'll fly up to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat and other temples returning to Phnom Penh three days later. We may get down to the south coast at Sihanoukville. Flying to Vientane, the capital of Laos, in the third week will then see us drive north to Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng. Here we're meant to go kayaking on the Mekong! Watch this space.... I've done a map for the boys which will also serve the purpose of me practising uploading photos on to this new blogsite.... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 21st 2017

(Well actually here we are in KL airport at the end of our trip , and it’s been so busy every day and evening I haven’t had time to blog.) So let’s go back in time to about two weeks ago and with our trusty guide and group of new friends we were off on a walking tour of the Kings Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Pen , which was only a stones throw from our hotel. First thing we had to learn was how to cross the street: absolutely no point in waiting for the millions of cars , rattling old vans , bikes and tuck tucks loaded with everything the sun!!! You have to be confident and look for the tiniest gap in the traffic and start walking and keep walking and the ... read more
Street life
Fresh produce

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh October 17th 2017

The kindness of the Cambodian people was apparent when Jenny and I first arrived at Phnom Pen airport ... our pick up had not arrived and as we stood there a guide from another company noticed us maybe looking a bit “ lost ” and he then phoned and arranged a driver to pick us up .... problem solved !! Having lost a night sleep on the journey we had a couple of hours kip then we were off. The hotel was in a great location , the Mighty Mekong river at the end of the road, the old market at the other end and Palaces and temples 5 mins walk. Hot and humid, we were also very happy to think that after our walkabouts we could have a cooling dip in the pool or sit ... read more
barbed wire
Cell 22

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 26th 2017

Phnom Penh, Cambodia August 20th “Vulnerability is the essence of romance. It's the art of being uncalculated, the willingness to look foolish, the courage to say, 'This is me, and I'm interested in you enough to show you my flaws with the hope that you may embrace me for all that I am but, more important, all that I am not.' “ Ashton Kutcher “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” Epictetus “The fool who thinks he is a fool is for that very reason a wise man; But the fool who thinks he is a wise man is rightly called a fool” Siddhartha Gautama My smartphone weather predictor tells me the chance of rain today is 80%. Only my second day in Cambodia, and I was aimlessly walking through ... read more
Monks emerging to beg for food
Inside the Wat Phnom
Morning time at the Royal Palace

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 13th 2017

A difficult morning! We went to visit the S21 (Tuol Sleng Museum) and Killing Fields (Choeung Ek) of Phnom Penh. Before 1975 the S21 was a school, but the Khmer Rouge converted it into a prison during what the Cambodians call the 'dark period'. When the Khmer Rouge originally came to Phnom Penh the people of the city welcomed them and came out in the streets to celebrate their arrival, it wasn't until later that their true colours shone through. The Khmer Rouge saw highly educated people as a threat so they convinced them all to go to Phnom Penh to 'use their talents'. They were then imprisoned and tortured for anything up to 4 months. The cells that they stayed in were so small, barely enough to lie down in and they were often stripped ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 12th 2017

Buses, buses, buses - getting sick of them now! We are on the road to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. I made a friend at our last hotel, but I had a last minute cuddle... I do love a cat! We stopped for a toilet stop on the way at a place famous for its deep fried tarantulas. There was stall after stall of deep fried insects: silk worms, crickets, beetles and tarantulas. Harry bought some silk worms for us to try, they were OK and mainly tasted of garlic and salt, but I don't think I will be rushing back for more! We stopped again for lunch (this is our longest journey) at a lovely restaurant on stilts overlooking a pond. The food, as usual, was delicious. We finally reached Phnom Penh at about ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh July 9th 2017

Once we jumped off the train, at the quietest train station ever, we walked to find a place to stay. Our immediate impression was a good one. It had a good vibe and was surprisingly modern with actual skyscrapers and buildings that didn't look like they were going to fall down. We found a place called "11 happy backpacker" dumped our stuff and quickly headed off to the Russian Market. This place was crazy cramped, hot and noisy but my God did we get some bargains! Much to Chars relief Jack bought 4 new items of clothes as his current collection made him smell (apparently). Once our shopping was complete we returned to the hostel for a fashion show. The next day we hired bicycles so that we could go to S-21 and The Killing Fields ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh June 27th 2017

Our journey to Cambodia started off with two flights- a quick hop over to Bangkok and then a fair wait before a connection to Phnom Penh. The first leg of the journey went smoothly and we based ourselves on the floor in departures near our gate for the 4 hour wait. We caught up on Netflix, had a coffee, did some journal catch up, adult colouring and had a game of uno! Yea we are well versed in keeping ourselves occupied for long periods of time!! The reason I tell you this is because whilst playing uno the Chinese lack of awareness struck again! First of all this woman was not so subtly staring at us, we continued with our game- she edged closer, we continue- she's crouched down behind Jo staring at her cards and ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh April 3rd 2017

Kampot is a sleepy little riverside town its pretty and peaceful. I stayed in a fairly new hostel called Jetzt and a girl who lives not far from me at home so we hung out together for a few days. The place we were staying was owned by three fun Swedish guys who really did everything to make sure their guests were happy I was very impressed. Walking along the river was really nice all lit up on both sides with brightly coloured bridges going over. We went and found a desert shop and pigged out on ice cream and cake. The first night a guest in the dorm decided to drink to much and throw up all over the place (gross) and while they cleaned the room they sent us back to the bar for ... read more

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