This week has a been half a week of culture, and half a week of debauchery!
I visited Cambodia last year and it was one of my favourite countries. This year I think I have fallen in love with it even more! I started my week in Siem Reap meeting new friends, re-visiting Angkor Wat and generally partying. I then came down to the Sihanoukville for some beach time…my first 3 days though were so heavy on the party front, that I didn’t even get to the beach during the day until yesterday!! Yes, party girl Paula is back…anyway onwards to this weeks Photo & Story of the Week:
Photo of the Week
The standard Angkor Wat at sunrise photo. I got LOADS of these last year but I was excited to see what I could capture with my new shiny upgraded camera, and I was pretty pleased. I like the contrast of the temples silhouette against the palm tree.
Ok, apologies for posting one of myself (!!) but I was so happy we managed to get one with no other tourists in the background at Bayon Temple in Angkor! Such a rare thing but I think we were a little ahead of the masses 🙂
Another from Angkor Wat. You get so many locals trying to sell their wares whilst all the tourist are waiting for the sunrise, but this guy had the prettiest hand painted bowls made from coconut shells. I would have bought one if I had the space in my backpack!!
There are no words to describe how yummy these shellfish are! I’m not quite sure what they are, but they are something between a lobster and a langoustine. A woman walks down the beaches in Sihanoukville every day selling them with a little pepper, salt & lime and they are to die for…and only $2 for 5!
I’ve popped a cheeky extra photo in this week as it really sums up how much fun I had in Sihanoukville (aka Sinville!) with some awesome people I met! This was taken just before a VERY messy booze cruise hosted by the infamous Dolphin Shack bar. They left for Koh Rong yesterday but I hope I will bump into them again at some point!!
Let me know your favourite in the comments section below!
Story of the Week
This weeks story is courtesy of Mr Bradley Cooper (not THE Bradley Cooper but the awesome guy I have travelled Cambodia with!).
He was in Varanasi, India when he saw a strange thing. People were carrying uncovered dead bodies down to the river. Apparently this is a ritual for all the dead, where they burn the bodies at the river so the remains can be washed away. Sometimes they families cannot afford enough wood to allow the body to be fully burnt, so you would see ribcages, or chunks of flesh making there way downriver having not fully disintegrated! What makes this a little more disturbing is that the locals also wash themselves and their clothes in the very same river!
Hope your Easter weekend was a good one!