Bleary-eyed stopover in Dubai

I was so tired when I arrived in Dubai that I probably didn’t appreciate it properly. I remember stumbling off the plane at about 4:30 AM, locating my next gate, and ambling in that general direction. There’s a train. Yes, a train. Okay. It will take me to my gate. Okay. Cool. I arrive at…

And now for something completely different…Hungary

I will continue to update about my Chinese New Year holiday to Cambodia, but I have now taken off to Budapest, Hungary, for my spring break trip. It’s my first full week trip solo (unless you count the semester I spent in England without knowing someone at first), so this ought to be interesting. I…

Everything’s gonna be alright … rockabye?

The entire boat empties of its 20-something passengers. We have grabbed our small bags containing electronics and passports and dashed up to the dock. The back end of the boat is indeed submerged. That is where all our luggage is. We groan as we imagine all our things ruined or just plain soaking wet. Everyone’s…

A stick in the mud at dusk

Once we escape the harrowing clutches of dry ground, the captain pulls us over at a waterside cafe. So, we do get to stop. Hmmm. Since only one person wanted to brave the two-walled toilet on the boat (designed so that anyone going by in a boat, on the shore, or in the captain’s spot can…

Warning: Life vests may be ineffective in ankle deep water.

After a harrowing 10 minutes or so in trying to get away from the squeezing press of the other boats, our plastic toy of a boat chugs down the shoreline to anchor up next to another boat. I’m almost excited that we may be getting on a bigger boat. But, we aren’t. He’s pulling up…

The faces of Bayon and perfect camera angles

Pssst – Bayon Temple is my favorite temple. Don’t tell Angkor Wat. It might get jealous. The 216 faces of Bayon are astounding. I remember watching “Amazing Race” when the contestants had to count the faces. That seems unreal considering I couldn’t find half of them. Bayon rises out of a flat bit of land…

The implausible sensation of impending doom

Well, we wanted an experience. Instead of heading directly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, we decided to make a midway stop in Battambang. Famed for its small town feel and French colonial facades, it sounded like a great stop. We could join a bike tour in the afternoon and stroll the riverfront in the…

Surreal flowers

Cambodia has some gorgeous flowers just hanging out. Our hotel had a smallish garden out front, and while we waited for the “bus” that was meant to take us to the boat for Battambang, I decided to photograph some of them and make a flower montage.

Sawleaf, glutinous rice flour, shrimp paste

In the absence of being able to take a biking tour of the Cambodian countryside, we decide that a cooking course is in order. This particular course takes place at a hotel/villa setting outside the city proper, in a small village. We are picked up at our hotel by a tuk-tuk, and we trundle along…

The Bell Ringer of Red Piano

On Pub Street in Siem Reap, there is a well-known bar called the Red Piano. It’s well-known because Angelina Jolie liked to chillax there and drink while on location for filming Tomb Raider. It’s quite proud of that, and on the drink menu, there is a drink called the Tomb Raider. Of course, I need to…

What to do if you set off an ATM alarm

On Sunday night in Siem Reap, finding an ATM to spit money at you is a difficult task indeed. Starting early in the afternoon, I had the tuk-tuk driver take me to three different ATMs. I tried my US bankcard and my Chinese bankcard, neither of which wanted to dispense my hard-earned funds. Go figure….