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Touring by Tuk Tuk..

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Hi Everyone,

To my Tuk Tuk driver was out the front of the Boddhi this morning when I woke up....Miss Jane, Miss Jane, I for you!. So we set off in the chaotic streets filled with Motos, cyclos and Tuk Tuks....they certainly out number the cars here. Have seen many UN 4WD's, they appear to have a huge presence here in Cambodia. Loved the gardens at the National Museum. It is filled with pink lotus flowers and Khmer art works. Visited the local markets, the ones for tourists and the ones for locals..abundant stalls of tropical fruits and jovial market stall holders trying to sell you everything from spare tyres to designer bags. Climbed up the hill to visit the Wat Phnom but I have to say that found the masses of beggers in the area very distressing. Small children of an age no more than 3 or 4 nursing new born babies and countless amputees. I have been warned against giving money to them, as hard as it is, usually adults are lurking in the shadows to take the money and it is no benefit to these little ones. I did however buy some books last night from one of the many young children roaming the streets after dark selling photocopied "new releases", they are so endearing and one particular little girl stayed by my side most of the evening. To dropped me off at the FCC and has given me a couple of hours to explore the Riverside area. PP is situated where the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers meet. It is very low and a cruise on its muddy waters does not appeal...but I am sure there is ample time for riverboat trips ahead. The riverside is lined with palm tree and huge billowing flags....felt that twang of "green and gold malaria" when I saw the Aussie one! Think I will have a leisurely afternoon exploring this part of town. Met an interesting fellow at the Boddhi who is working for the Asian Development bank here setting up micro-financing....we are meeting at the famous Elephant bar tonight so I am looking forward to hearing more about that. The Elephant bar is without doubt the ritziest digs in town so I will have to see what I have hidden in my backpack for such an occassion!. Leave early in the morning via local bus to Kep, a coastal town in southern Cambodia. I may not be near the internet.... I am off to lie in a hammock for a few days.....Take care and big hugs xxx

Posted by janie23 21:32

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Hi Janie
Love reading your blogs. I feel like joining you in Cambodia. No news from here really. G and I went to Chez Andre today for lunch so that I can write a report en francais for my homework. Didn't do much for the diet but the food was excellent!!!!!!!! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Hugs, N

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