Today I woke up at 5am to watch a bunch of monks walk through the street to get their alms. Which is all the food they eat for the day. It was pretty much a huge tourist show though. The Chinese tourists were so disrespectful. Really sad... But Ramina and I watched from the back... After that I waited by the money place for them to open, got a bad coffee-withdraw headache, then got money and coffee! I've just been walking around for the past few hours and headed home to rest for a bit. I must checkout at 11.30am, and will catch a ride to the airport around 1. I'm gonna get a sandwich and smoothie for lunch. Might actually get 2 sandwiches so I have a good snack later. I bought a bunch of mini bananas for 5kip (50 cents) and they were so good.
|even the mini bananas must be separated|
|Mass #s of tourists waiting for the Monks|
|the Alms ceremony|
|and then they go off to school|
|my view from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap|
Made it to Cambodia! Siem Reap is way more crowded and a bit intense. This is a much bigger city than I imagined, and not very good sidewalks. I don't really see anybody walking around in the area I'm in either. I witnessed a moterbike/bicycle collision on my way back to my villa from the airport. Was not pretty. But both were fine. Not sure who's fault it was, but I felt bad for them both. Was a young girl and a teenage boy. There's lots of crazy traffic here, so I can see how it would happen. And it could have been much, much worse.
I'm staying at a real nice place though. It has a restaurant on the rooftop deck. I watched sunset up here and am now eating reeeally spicy curry. And since my walk home is only 3 floors, I got some Cambodia beer. It's good! I have to wake up at 4:20am or so, as I'm going to Angkor Wat by 5ish to watch sunrise. And, I'm going to try to spend all day there unless I get too tired from all the temple touring. Then I'll come back for a nap and go back out for when temperatures get cooler. It's going to be near 100, yikes.
I'm super tired since I woke up at 5am today to see those monks. Gonna be a long few days, but fortunately there's relaxation on the other side.
You would get a kick out of all the different forms of tuk tuks I've taken (like a taxi). They are pretty crazy bike/trike things. And very common ways to take people around. I'll remember to take more pictures of the everyday stuff and not all the sights so you have a better depiction of what it's all like.
|The view from my hotel in Siem Reap|
|On the rooftop of my hotel in Siem Reap|