Friday, November 6, 2015
This morning we woke up IN CAMBODIA!!!!!
It was a very long trip to get here. The three hour drive to the airport, arrive 3 hours early, the plane was an hour late, 13 hour flight to Seoul, Korea. We were late, they help the plane, another 5 ½ hour flight and we arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia! We left on Wednesday am, and arrive here at 11pm on Thursday. There is a 15 hour time change, so we basically “lost” a day. But we will “gain” it back
It was very warm (not hot) and pouring rain. We were picked up at the airport, in a car, not a tuk tuk, and had a bit of a drive out to our lodging. We are staying in a traditional home outside of the city. We are upstairs in a large room with multiple beds. The family lives downstairs. The bathroom is outside… and nothing like a bathroom in the US. More about that later!
|The house we are staying in. We are upstairs with some other guests. The family lives downstairs.|
The family: Maden and his wife and their 4 beautiful children live downstairs. Dith, Maden's brother does not live with them. He lives in Siem Reap with his wife and two children. Dith was our driver for the two days. Dith is pronounced "Dit" as close as this American can understand and say...
Michelle watches one of the cows and her calf being lead to their grazing spot for the day.
Maden, our host, and his family are very nice. He speaks a moderate amount of English, the rest of the family does not… at least they have not spoken to us yet. Lots of smiles and giggles! The Brahma cross cattle were led by the house today on their way to their grazing area. There are three adults and two calves. We have seen a few cats and just saw a couple of dogs.
We have not taken a “shower” yet…you stand on the floor in the “bathroom” and pour scoops of water over yourself. Cambodian style. The “toilet” is a porcelain covered hole in the ground that you squat over. Then scoop some water into it to “flush”.
Not sure what we are going to do today. I am sure it will be fun, whatever we do! Let the adventures begin!
Early am walk in our neighborhood. A traditional house.
We went out for an early morning walk in the neighborhood. It is the end of the rainy season, but it did rain last night and the roads are quite muddy. Just have to watch where we walk! Some dogs, cats and chickens seen along the way. Lots of very green plants and some flowers. Unfortunately, lots of garbage. The ground, the water and many of the yards are strewn with garbage and debris. Very unsettling.
The dirt/mud lane leading to the house. We are at the end of the monsoon season.
There is a small creek running through the area. Can't see it, but there is so much garbage, it is gross. So unfortunate.
One of the local street dogs. This is the typical look... almost like a Basenji.
|Sandy at the head of our stairs, ready to head out on an adventure!|
|Lots of yummy little bananas. Notice the one on the left is a double!|
We returned to the house and had a nice breakfast of fried rice, bananas and sweetened coffee. Then Dith drove and Maden joined us on a day excursion to some ruins and a floating village! It was a long drive to the ruins. Along the way we saw some men fishing in a river alongside the rice fields. I don’t believe I have ever seen fields of rice. Not sure I would recognize them! It was a beautiful drive in the countryside.
|Several men were fishing. They wade into the water to set the net. Mostly catching little mud catfish.|
|This vehicle was very interesting and common. Difficult to describe... long extension between the tractor and the wagon... to avoid the fumes??|
|These five headed serpents, Nagas, guard many temple entrances.|