Back from Cambodia

We thoroughly enjoyed  our recent visit to Cambodia.

In a nut shell: we spent a few days in Phnom Penh and the rest of the week in Siam Reap (and between those two cities).  The food was great (somewhat similar to Thai cuisine but less spicy), the weather pretty good (given that it was currently rainy season), the people friendly,  the roads and drivers rather scary and the sights were fabulous ….. take a look for yourselves (sorry about not editing the photos….but ‘done is better than perfect’ right?):

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Temples of Angkor Wat (one of the MANY)

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‘Floating Village’ – these people’s homes were standing in water.

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Fresh water fish is a common ingredient and here is some drying in the heat.

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The fresh fruit juices were amazing.

Here are some of the ingredients responsible for the delicious curry dish called amok:

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This was my favorite breakfast – noodle soup.

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Some other specialties: coconut rice cooked in bamboo.

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In the small town of Skuon….deep fried spiders………I’m afraid to admit that although I consider myself pretty bold when it comes to trying new food…. I declined this one.

There was a national buddhist holiday during our visit during which people were taking food to their local temples in a very festive mood.

There was a national buddhist holiday during our visit during which people were taking food to their local temples and were all in a very festive mood.

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The children absolutely adored riding in the tuk-tuks.

I always find that time spent discovering new lands, foods and culture also opens up the door to re-discovering/re-evaluating one’s daily life back home.  During this vacation I reflected on our new life in Shanghai and ‘recharged my batteries’…. I feel much stronger and ready to enjoy our time here and to handle the challenges that present themselves.

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