Hey y’all, I’m not going to say sorry because you know how distracted I can get. It’s been a few months since I last updated and A LOT has happened. A friend from the school I was working at, Whittney, and I decided on an awesome trip to Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat archaeological site for our Christmas vacation. All I have to say is that it was a total win. Amazing week. Met some great people, saw the gorgeous temples, had some new experiences, and still managed to survive a 9 hours bus trip there (and 9 hours back) on an unfinished highway in a bus. I completely recommend Giant Ibis if you’re wanting a bus in Cambodia. We only paid $15 one way with them and the bus has wifi.
We, of course, booked a tuk tuk for the week there. He went by many names, but we called him Mr. T (Rithy is his real name). If you’re ever in Siem Reap and need a great driver that knows all the local places and a gorgeous lake hangout, he’s your man. I can even give you his phone number :)
Sorry, all you get right now is the back of Rithy’s head. On the road to the landmine museum.
Like true tourists, we decided to take a take a cooking class to try and learn a few local cuisines. I chose to make Banana Flower Salad and Chicken Amok. Both are traditional Khmer dishes. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of my chicken amok, but that’s simply because I have a strong dislike for mushrooms and they’re required in the dish. The banana flower salad on the other hand, now that I could eat any day. We went to Le Tigre de Papier Cooking School which is also a restaurant. They take you to the local market and show you the things they’ll be cooking. The mark of anyone who has taken the cooking class is the yellow stain on your fingers from the tumeric. It’ll stick around for a couple days, but the food is totally worth it. I recommend you doing this your first or second day because it’ll be gone by the time you go home :)
Le Tigre de Papier Cooking School
Time for class.
Amok dishes we prepped.
Some of our classmates.
Banana Flower Salad.
Me cooking my chicken amok.
Chicken Amok in the small leaf bowl. Rice. Banana Flower Salad on the larger plate. So yummy!!
Today was Whit’s choice for the afternoon activity, so with that we were off to the Landmine Museum. Cool, yet slightly depressing.
Taking photos with her iPad.
Cleaning the lake.
Cambodian Landmine Museum.
Landmines found in Cambodia from several countries.
Recreation of a mine field.
Outside the museum.
Me next to a mine.
So we found this really great Tex-Mex restaurant near the Old Market. Now, I’m from Texas so I know pretty good Tex-Mex. Not everything on the menu was great, but a lot of it was. Best of all… the margaritas were $1.50 each and you know that can get a girl in trouble, haha :D Look for Viva near the Old Market. Love it! Oh, it’s also a hotel.
We ended up calling T and inviting him out for some fun. After all, he was suppose to take us to the temples the next day – Christmas Day.
Yes, that shot is green. Any thoughts to what shot is green? All I have to say is that it was disgusting.
Our new friend Linda.
Found this awesome sign in Charlie’s Bar.
Santa came on stage in the X Bar and we all sang Christmas carols!
That was day one :) Still have a few more days. We arrived on Tuesday evening and left Monday morning. If you take the bus, you definitely need to take the earliest possible because of how long it takes to get there. Looks like I’ll have to separate the posts. I don’t want to bombard you with pictures. Stay tuned for the next one.