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Day 15 - Siem Reap to Prahos Kbal

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Today, breakfast was at 8:00 am. I had a great sleep the night before and I fell asleep just after 11:00 pm and didn't wake up until shortly after 6:00 am. A real good rest.

After breakfast all that wanted to go would be heading to the Old Market and then a quick trip to the Night Market as I had a quick exchange on an item I hadn't sized quite right.

It was a very successful and happy shopping trip for me. I had been disciplined and hadn't shopped much for months prior to this trip.

I had learned a valuable bargaining tool from my Michael and it was to obtain more product for the same money. I was offered two magnets for $1.00 and I countered with five magnets for $2.00 and I got it. Sometimes it worked and I was able to score a free item. Sometimes you could add one item by upping the price by just $1.00. I also scored a free pair of pants for me so I was pretty happy. Not unreasonable as I did spend $50. Many times though you would get the morning price, or special price because of the volume being purchased. Yes I did shop a lot, as I have a lot of people I want to spoil. A few vendors got quite excited as I walked by as they quickly counted and calculated what I had already spent.

There were some interesting vendors including fish tanks where you can place your feet in and the fish will eat all the dead skin off your feet. Cost just $2 US. I saw another vendor who was crafting some artwork at his stall. The Night Market was quite a bit larger than I knew as I was mostly in a small area on the first night we went.

It was just before 11:00 am when we got our tuk tuk to head back to the hotel. Our driver got lost and what should have been a 5 minute trip took about 15 minutes. Check out time was 12 noon and our driver would be coming to pick us up then to start our long drive back to Prahos Kbal. We would first stop at the hotel in Pursat and drop off what we didn't need and then go to the village. For those that wanted, a sandwich had been ordered for lunch.

Since being in Cambodia we have all been conscious of drinking enough water, getting enough electrolytes and sleep. Sleep has been most difficult at times as we don't stay in one place long enough to get settled. Also sleeping on the ground at Prahos Kbal with seven others has been complicated by snoring (yup mine, Clark too!), the dogs that some nights don't stop howling and all the night sounds which sound very jungle like. Since arriving we have spent Sunday and Monday in Phnom Penh, Tuesday in Pursat, Wednesday to Friday in Prahos Kbal, Saturday in Pursat, Sunday back to Prahos Kbal through to Friday when we left for Siem Reap, Saturday in Siem Reap, Sunday and Monday in Prahos Kbal, Tuesday to today in Pursat. We will leave for Phnom Penh Friday morning. Some of us have had issues with our bathroom habits becoming quite irregular which is also due to, I believe so much travelling and not being in any one place for very long.

Some five and a half hours later with only one stop for the bathroom we arrived back at Prahos Kbal. The roads back were terrible though. A great deal of dirt mounds had been piled on various parts of the road and the driver had to steer the ran in a winding motion. I got really car sick. Sicker than I have been from motion sickness in a car since childhood I think. As soon as we got to the village I took two gravol and went straight to bed. No changing clothes just straight to bed. The only thing that would feel good would be laying down. It was around 6 pm I think and after just over 2 hours I woke up and felt almost back to normal. I quickly ate a baguette, two small bananas, peanut butter and headed back to bed shortly after that. Rainbow kept me company which was sweet. She has been amazing on this trip as our leader and has made it all that much more special.

Soon enough asleep for our second to last night in Prahos Kbal.

Posted by Sydney324 06:34 Archived in Cambodia Tagged cambodia roads prahos kbal

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