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So, I've spent the last couple of days pottering gently around Phnom Penh, which has been a most pleasant way to spend a couple of days. Had a chat with a couple of Australian girls in the FCC yesterday evening (one of whom works here, the other in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon); and then another chat with a nice Columbian woman called Lina, over dinner. Socialisation! Don't think I've had a conversation that long since I left Beijing.

Today, I finally got around to spending 1.5 hrs sorting out photos, as a result of which I've uploaded a whole 6 to Flickr. (I have 60, but [insert here rant about sodding upload speeds & uploads that take 45 min & then say they didn't bloody do anything; and then stupid Windows machines that refuse to open the damn folders any more arghghghgh ANYWAY. I will try again another time; at least they're sorted out now.]).

Tomorrow morning I am off to Siam Reap to visit the temples at Angkor, which are by all accounts spectacular.

Further on geckos: local name is ching-cha (very short a, very nearly "chat"); Dad tells me that in Singapore & Indonesia they're chat-chats. The waiter at the FCC who told me this then said "But the big ones are tak-ei," and pointed up into the corner between roof and walls, where there was an ENORMOUS (OK, maybe a foot long) lizard, looking a bit like a cross between an iguana and a gecko. Cor. I shall have another look for that one tonight.
juliet: (Default)
So, I've spent the last couple of days pottering gently around Phnom Penh, which has been a most pleasant way to spend a couple of days. Had a chat with a couple of Australian girls in the FCC yesterday evening (one of whom works here, the other in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon); and then another chat with a nice Columbian woman called Lina, over dinner. Socialisation! Don't think I've had a conversation that long since I left Beijing.

Today, I finally got around to spending 1.5 hrs sorting out photos, as a result of which I've uploaded a whole 6 to Flickr. (I have 60, but [insert here rant about sodding upload speeds & uploads that take 45 min & then say they didn't bloody do anything; and then stupid Windows machines that refuse to open the damn folders any more arghghghgh ANYWAY. I will try again another time; at least they're sorted out now.]).

Tomorrow morning I am off to Siam Reap to visit the temples at Angkor, which are by all accounts spectacular.

Further on geckos: local name is ching-cha (very short a, very nearly "chat"); Dad tells me that in Singapore & Indonesia they're chat-chats. The waiter at the FCC who told me this then said "But the big ones are tak-ei," and pointed up into the corner between roof and walls, where there was an ENORMOUS (OK, maybe a foot long) lizard, looking a bit like a cross between an iguana and a gecko. Cor. I shall have another look for that one tonight.
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I acquired a BIKE again this afternoon, courtesy of my guesthouse (though I did have to wait 15 min while the nice man took it to the nearest roadside bike/moto fixing place to sort out a puncture). And headed up to the train station, where I was told that there is no longer any service to Battambang. :( This doesn't enormously surprise me, as by all accounts the train's been on its last legs for years (the girl I spoke to in Moscow who'd taken it from said that there were whacking great holes in the floor of the only carriage). I may wander up again on Friday just to confirm, but it looks like the bus for me. Bah!

On the other hand this does simplify one thing: I wasn't planning to visit Angkor Wat (v famous temples), and then I was thinking maybe I would like to after all, and considering ways to manage this. If I'm not getting the train to Battambang, I can get a bus to Siam Reap instead, spend a day looking at temples, and then another bus to the Thai border and on to Bangkok. I'll lose a day in Bangkok, but that's OK.

Currently I am in the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Phnom Penh, which is a splendid building with no windows, big armchairs, wireless (sadly pay-for), GECKOS on the walls[0], and $1 local draft beer during happy hour.

I visited the genocide museum - text under cut may be distressing )

The more cheerful thing today was a wander round the National Museum, which has assorted art, sculptures, steles etc, in a lovely building, and which although small was lovely.

[0] I love geckos. My Dad spent a couple of years in Singapore in his early twenties, and used to tell us about all the rooms having geckos on the walls and how this was a Good Thing as they ate the biting insects. I found the idea of indoor geckos impossibly exotic, and it's almost symbolic for me of the Far East. I am thus inordinately excited about them. Also don't they stick to the walls with van der Waals force? Which is pretty awesome.
juliet: (Default)
I acquired a BIKE again this afternoon, courtesy of my guesthouse (though I did have to wait 15 min while the nice man took it to the nearest roadside bike/moto fixing place to sort out a puncture). And headed up to the train station, where I was told that there is no longer any service to Battambang. :( This doesn't enormously surprise me, as by all accounts the train's been on its last legs for years (the girl I spoke to in Moscow who'd taken it from said that there were whacking great holes in the floor of the only carriage). I may wander up again on Friday just to confirm, but it looks like the bus for me. Bah!

On the other hand this does simplify one thing: I wasn't planning to visit Angkor Wat (v famous temples), and then I was thinking maybe I would like to after all, and considering ways to manage this. If I'm not getting the train to Battambang, I can get a bus to Siam Reap instead, spend a day looking at temples, and then another bus to the Thai border and on to Bangkok. I'll lose a day in Bangkok, but that's OK.

Currently I am in the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Phnom Penh, which is a splendid building with no windows, big armchairs, wireless (sadly pay-for), GECKOS on the walls[0], and $1 local draft beer during happy hour.

I visited the genocide museum - text under cut may be distressing )

The more cheerful thing today was a wander round the National Museum, which has assorted art, sculptures, steles etc, in a lovely building, and which although small was lovely.

[0] I love geckos. My Dad spent a couple of years in Singapore in his early twenties, and used to tell us about all the rooms having geckos on the walls and how this was a Good Thing as they ate the biting insects. I found the idea of indoor geckos impossibly exotic, and it's almost symbolic for me of the Far East. I am thus inordinately excited about them. Also don't they stick to the walls with van der Waals force? Which is pretty awesome.

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