Month: September 2013

Summer Travels in Cambodia

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Cambodian Landscape from Preah Vihear
Cambodian Landscape from Preah Vihear

Moni and I travelled to Cambodia during July with Moni’s family.  Although I’ve spent a lot oftime in Asia, visiting Cambodia was a real eye opener.  Cambodia has so much to offer but is still shrouded in so much sadness from the decades of war that the country has experienced.

We stayed for 2 weeks and travelled from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Kampong Cham and Skone, a small town famed for it’s local delicacy of deep friend tarantulas.  We spent a few days in Siem Reap exploring the Tonlé Sap and temples around Angkor Wat before heading north, far off the tourist trail to see the rarely visited, military guarded temple, Preah Vihear, just south of the  Thai border.

From Preah Vihear, we drove back to Phnom Penh and stopped in Kampong Cham on the way to see the house where Moni’s mother grew up.  The family lost the big house in Kampong Cham during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.  The building is now occupied by a government function, but the current residents were more than happy for us to go inside so that Moni’s mum could take a trip down memory lane.

After another few days in Phnom Penh, we travelled to Sihanoukville to see what the Cambodian coastline had to offer.  We spent a day at one of the beaches where I practiced handstand walking along the white sand whilst Moni tried to get a sun tan.  The next day we woke up to a howling wind that rattled the windows of our beachfront hotel.  A quick look out of the window told me that the storm was here to stay, the weather forecast confirmed this suspicion – heavy rain for the next 3 days.  We waited for the rain to ease and then drove back to Phnom Penh.  As we drove back through the miles of rice paddies, the water was almost covering the road in parts.  Quite unnerving when driving over mile after mile of completely flat land.

We arrived back in Phnom Penh several hours later and spent the last two days of the trip relaxing before heading back to London.

Cambodia has so much to offer, I can’t wait to go back.

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Walking

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Virginia Water to Windsor
Virginia Water to Windsor

I’ve been doing a bit more walking recently.  Last weekend my friend Jon and I walked from Virginia Water to Windsor Castle via Windsor Great Park and the Long Walk.   I’ve been tracking metrics from my walks using my Garmin Edge 800.  It’s not ideal as it’s really designed for use on a bike, although it’s better than nothing.

Here’s the link to my Garmin stats for the walk: