Thursday, October 13, 2011

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Our boat is leaving Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, after spending four nights. There have been morning and afternoon excursions into the city and countryside, the royal temple, touring Buddhist temples, pagodas and local villages.

We stopped at the Central Market for some shopping, and our tour guide introduced us to his favorite snack. TanMan and I both sampled fried tarantula legs and fried crickets. Before you eat the cricket, you need to remove the wings and the end of the legs (they are sharp and can scratch your mouth). I liked the tarantula, but had to wash down the cricket with water.

I bought a lovely cotton top in the market - I wanted to return for another, but we visited a casino for a few hours and by the time we left, the market was closing.

I love the method of transportation in Cambodian cities, it is the Tuk Tuk, a motorcycle pulling a cart. For a two or three dollars, they will take two of us anywhere in the city. Much nicer than a taxi in NY city!

Yesterday we visited a huge Buddhist temple, where our tour group received blessings from the monks. It was a lovely experience, sitting cross-legged on a mat on the floor, while the monks chanted and then blessed us by throwing flower blossoms on us.

Today our boat travels from Cambodia into Vietnam, so we be on the boat all day. I am ready for a day to relax - I think I will get out my hexipuffs and start knitting. If the Internet connection stays strong, I might watch Battlestar Galactica on Netflix on the iPad!

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