I didn’t hesitate to tuck in to a bit of deep fried spider when we stopped at the village of Skuon on the road to Phnom Penh yesterday because I knew that it definitely didn’t contain traces of horse meat or manufactured preservatives. The crickets were a bit yummy too.
The food on this trip has been mostly amazing, as has been my determination to make the most of every moment that I am at here. This means that sleep deprivation has been an essential element in my quest to enjoy the magnificence of the temples at Angkor Wat, the night markets of Siem Reap, the miles of cycling through the lovely Cambodian countryside and villages, the haunting traditional music performed in the streets by land mine victims, speeding through the waters of the Mekong to visit the floating village in Tonle Sap Lake, talking to the kids selling their local hand made wares and the lovely people who so humbly and respectfully will try to do anything to make us feel welcome and enjoy our stay in their beautiful country. I’ve even helped the local police with their enquiries but don’t worry, it was on their day off and it was in a roof top bar in the early hours of the morning.
It is very hot here and this is all thirsty work but with cool refreshing Cambodia draught beer served up at only $1 a pint it would be financial suicide not to drink as much of it as we possibly could. In fact I reckon that I have invested so much in this low cost refreshment that I have saved enough money to pay for my next Exodus trip . . . if I should ever return from this one, that is!