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Published: March 5th 2015
In England the minimum sentence you get for murder is 10 years with good behaviour.
On February 21st
Nikki & I celebrated 10 years together.
What did I do to deserve 10 years…
I must have done something right!
It was 9 years ago we celebrated our first anniversary in Cuba, it was 8 years ago that we celebrated our second anniversary in Rio, watching the carnival, it was 4 years ago that we got married in Sweden and it was 3 years ago that we renewed our vows in Mexico.
We had great plans to renew our vows every year in a different country, however, for a number of reasons that didn’t happen. Life is back on track now and so we decided on another beach anniversary. It wasn’t as glamorous as Mexico, there was no alter, no wedding cake, but all we need is each other and this time we wrote our own vows, something we hadn’t done before.
When we arrived at the hotel in Sihanoukville I heard instruments and a high pitched singing voice. I thought it was a
6 years together
children’s entertainer as it sounded similar to someone who had inhaled helium, but this was no entertainer for children, this was the “professional” singer hired by the hotel for guests. As Nikki and I stood at reception laughing a guy heard us commenting on if the voice we heard was an actual person “Yes. They have a live band here every night” he said, looking slightly confused as to why we were laughing. Oh no, what have we let ourselves in for.
We Brits like the sun, the first evening and the following morning in Sihanoukville were over cast but by 9am the sun came out and kept out all day. The British urges in our bodies took over, we decided to sunbathe to make the most of the sun as once this trip is over it’ll be a long time until we see sun again.
Can you see what is about to happen?
A Brit that hasn’t seen the sun in months + sunbathing for hours = a very sunburnt Chris!
Before we arrived in Sihanoukville I thought it was going to be a fairly secluded beach
resort with very few people. How wrong could I be!
We rarely stay in big resorts, usually a quaint little hotel. In the past we have visited places and literally been the only people there, but Sihanoukville and the Sokha Hotel were very far from peaceful and tranquil. We arrived at the start of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the hotel was the busiest we have stayed at in years. Every day coach loads of people are brought in from other hotels, to spend the day at the beach, so the sun loungers and restaurants get extra busy. Add to that the number of backpackers there to party and tranquillity becomes pretty non-existent, especially when those backpackers bring a portable speaker to the beach to listen to house music!
The fun time doesn’t stop there. It would appear the great battle between Brits and Germans for sunbeds extends further than Europe. Whilst trying to find space in the shade I moved two sunbeds a couple of foot over so that all of our beds could be in the shade. Just as I was about to sit down an irate German woman came over shouting
“I saw what you did!” I hate rude people and I NEVER back down from an argument if I haven’t done anything wrong. My reply to her was “What have I done?” then this conversation took place.
German woman-“You moved our sunbeds!”
Me-“Yes I did, now we can all sit in the shade instead of just you”
German woman-“But I will be in the sun sooner now”
Me-“Yesterday we shared the shade from a parasol with six different people. Are you telling me you are not willing to share it with us two?”
German woman-“You could have picked anywhere, why next to me?”
Me-“I have walked the full length of this beach and all of the parasols are taken by numerous people. Yours has the only space available. If you don’t believe me you can walk along the beach to see for yourself and then when you come back you can apologise to me for being so abrupt and rude”
The woman stuttered a bit then said.
German woman-“Err errrm you have put our sunbeds too
Our very first anniversary of the day we got together
close together. I don’t know you. I don’t want to be that close to you”
Me-“Well if your sunbed wasn’t in a position to be hogging the parasol then I wouldn’t have had to move your sunbed so if you don’t like where I have put it, move it!”
She didn’t say a word, she moved her sunbed about six inches then walked away to have lunch. The funniest thing is that by the time she finished her lunch we had already decided to go back to the room as it was too hot at the beach lol.
As we sat eating breakfast on our last day in Sihanoukville I noticed a woman ushering her child over to the side of the restaurant. She pointed at the floor and the child then pulled down its trousers and squatted, the plants were in the way so I couldn’t see what it was doing exactly but I thought it safe to assume it was having a wee. But I was wrong, the mum then picked up a table cloth and wiped the child’s bum! It had squatted and shit right next to a
TEN years together!!!
table and the mother wiped its arse with a table cloth!!!
The toilets were just around the corner from the tables we were sat at, not even a 30 second walk for the woman but clearly that was too far. What’s worse is she put the shitty table cloth on the table, didn’t wash her hands, and then proceeded to eat breakfast with her family.
Am I the only one shocked and disgusted by that?
I’d just like to add this was not a Cambodian woman.
After breakfast then next leg of our Cambodia adventure was about to begin in Kep.
My mosquito rating for this place is 0/10, no mosquito bites here, woohoo!
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