Karen!

Have you ever wondered where the bucket hats from the 90s ended up? They’re in Sen Monorom, Cambodia. All of them. And the women wearing them are also wearing a velure matching track suit, sitting on the steps of their stilted house with a thatched roof, watching their potbelly pig. In Vietnam or Cambodia, or…

S21 and the killing fields 

Great start to my new age Shared a tuk tuk with the British girl I met last night. We went to S21 first. Aka genocide museum aka secret torture prison. Don’t take these as exact facts …. but this all happened in like 5 years. Mid 70s to 1979 This won’t be a fun post…

Phnom Penh round 2

Oh I forgot to say I saw bank guards rough housing yesterday. One of them had an automatic rifle. All giggles. No big.  I’ll never get used to brits saying “are you alight?” I’m told it means how are you. But to me it means I look sick or I forgot to put on pants….

Last day with the elies 

Yesterday was my last day with the elephants. I volunteered in the morning. Thank god because it was crazy difficult and if it was after seeing the elephants I’d just start walking towards town. We made steps and fixed the railing on the tail.  I was told the wood around here is hard and I…

Elephant valley project day 1

The sanctuary I chose helps the locals as well. They provide health care and scholarships for kids to go to school. The problem isnt that you have to pay for school, it’s the parents rather have more income and have the kid helps out at work. The program explained that their scholarships, instead of money,…

Sen Monorom 

I keep thinking about how hostels are a safe haven for backpackers. Even though you’ve never been there before, arriving can be very comforting. My last hostel was fairly clean. my room was on the 4th floor. That was the hardest 4 flights of stairs to climb. I always convinced myself I was at the…

Phnom Penh 

I’m determined not to be a dirty Backpacker.  It’s honestly kind of difficult. Everyone’s so sweaty all the time. But I’m seeing and hearing things that I can’t believe. I’m sure these people enjoy more showers in their normal lives. I’ll leave out who they are but one guy had a very bloody toe and…

Nobody likes Phnom Penh 

I’ve seen a funeral precession, a wedding, and a birthday. Had some birthday cake. Ate some salt from some mud. (I agree, I also didn’t think it was smart) Did some mild spelunking that turned into yet another moment of what have I done. I’ll just say it involved a Cambodian child telling me where my…

Three rights still makes a left

Bike the temples I said. It’ll be fun I said. I’ll do the long route I said.  There’s $1 bike rentals for all day. I got the bike and they stood their watching like they wanted to find out if I could ride a bike. I looked up where I was going quickly and needed…

Trantula samosas 

I always think so many backpackers are so lazy, sleeping in till 11 or so everyday. I’d do that at home but there’s things to see! But I guess they’re on vacation so I’ll let it slide I got up early to check the ride/tuk tuk share for a temple tour but nobody signed up…

Tomb Jones

Feels like ive been here forever.  I did what’s known as the small circle tour today. I read I should ask for the tour backwards to avoid some crowds. Off to the tomb raider temple. (I’ve been using tomb raider and Indiana Jones interchangeably but they were filmed in different places. I’m so lame when…

Uncomfortable 

They almost didn’t let me into cambodia. I guess something was wrong with the date of my visa. When I applied was supposed to be the day I arrived? I thought it was good for 3 months anyways. I’m here somehow. My bag decided to join me as well. There’s a window to get a…