18.05.2016 - 23.05.2016 40 °C
So we just arrived at the siam reap airport. I have a couple hrs free time to write before we hop on the plane to our final country, Thailand. We woke up bright and early at 630 to get on a tuk tuk for 8 to take us 30 minutes to the airport. We paid a hefty 5 dollars for the whole trip. For those of you unfamiliar with what a tuk tuk is, it is basically a rickshaw with a motorcycle on the front. It has no 5 star safety rating, no roll bar, just a few metal bars that pretend to be a frame. 2 minutes from the airport we see a car trying to make a michigan left turn ahead of us (Google it), and our young and naive driver does not account for the space in between. He slams on his cheap rusted out cambodian brakes and sideswipes the car in front of us at about 10km/h. He is half on his motorbike, half on the drivers side window and the corner of the tuk tuk rips a scar completely across the drivers side of the car. Our tuk tuk driver gets back on his bike and continues on like nothing ever happened. Hilarious experience. In Canada, if someone even leans on your car the wrong way you are exchanging insurance information. Sad to say this is actually the second tuk tuk collision we experienced in Cambodia.
There seems to be way to much to do and too little time left. It's funny how the days have blended together and one country begins to look like the next. Just spent yesterday climbing the Angkor Wat temple in 946 degree temperatures. Celcius. I'm not kidding, it's offensively hot in these countries with little to no wind. Not even a little gust as positive reinforcement. We thought waking up at 4am would be better to avoid the heat, heh heh think again. At 730 it was 92 degrees (35 ish celcius) with 66% humidity. Then they tell you to dress in full clothes out of respect for the temple when all you want to do is run down the street naked and jump into a freezer full of popsicles.
Cambodia was fun overall, I got to fire some high powered weapons in Phnom Penh. 2 weapons, the ak 47 and the RPD machine gun were my guns of choice. I wanted to fire the RPG rocket launcher but I didn't bring enough cash with me, I suppose I'll just have to return. If i didnt know that the gun range was reputable, I would have been a little more on edge. They bring you literally to the middle of nowhere close to the historic "killing fields" where u enter some compound with 4 Cambodians telling you to come to the back to fire the guns as they close the door behind you. It was weird, but it turned into alot of fun in the end. S21 museum was just as brutal as Erin mentioned. It always seems like humans need to bring ourselves to the brink of destruction before any learning can begin. On an individual and a global level. But if you ever find yourself in Phnom Penh, 100% worth it to visit this museum. You will not be disappointed.
Mad monkey hostels were great. Food was fantastic. I really liked Cambodia. We spent most of our time here lounging poolside and sightseeing. We caught game 3 of the raptors/cavs game at 730 am cambodia time, not a raps fan but nontheless GO RAPS GO!
Many awesome adventures experienced, and surely more to come. We will see all of you in beautiful Thailand! I also wanna give a special happy birthday shout out to my pops back in Windsor ontario Canada, happy birthday old man!
Rob and Erin *Peace