Friday, 24 December 2010

The Great Ocean Road

  Hi all

We had always planned to escape from Perth on the night of the fifth day, but the thought that we could have actually retained it  would have been a tricky moment. That dilemma we never had the opportunity to think about. So with slightly heavy hearts we were one of the first to escape Perth and picking up a camper van disappeared off towards the Great Ocean Road for some R&R.
Four years ago we covered this area travelling from Adelaide to Melbourne in just five days which is not nearly enough time to explore this beautiful part of the world. This time we just stuck to a small part of the route namely concentrating on the area between the Kennett River, where we based ourselves and the twelve Apostles was our furthest point. By spending more time around the Otway forest area we were able to do quite a few bush walks and see quite a bit of the local wildlife. This time it was Dean who had caught a cold so we had to restrict some of our activities, but we still had a wonderful time.

The Otway fly was particularly fun as a ramp takes you up to a walkway right up in the canopy of the trees. It gives you quite a different perspective on the world. The other highlight was our campsite where there were Koalas sleeping in the Eucalyptus trees all around the site, cockatoos and loads of different birds. Despite Dean's 'Man flu' we still managed to do loads of walking and really got to rest the liver!
Travelling back to Melbourne was with mixed feelings as once again we had fallen in love with this area and could have spent more time here, yet we were still excited to head back to the city for Xmas with our friends and then onto the impending infamous Boxing day test with whatever that brings!
Happy Xmas everyone

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Minor blip in Perth

Well what can I say after all the excitement of Adelaide and our wonderful trip down to the Coast we were full of expectation as we arrived in Perth for the Third test. Four years ago we had been out on a dive boat in the Whitsundays as we had gone 3-0 down at this point so we were buzzing.
As my cold had started to recede and I had stopped whingeing for five minutes, Dean grabbed the opportunity to trundle me down to the ground the day before to watch England net and arrived just as Australia had finished their practice. The general consensus from those already there was that Mitchell looked all over the place - Hurrah we thought! When England came out they looked as strong and as focused as they had in Adelaide so it was definitely 'game on'. We even bumped into Robbie Fowler who plays for the local side Perth Glory and is a bit of a closet cricket fan. Later Ian (wrong un!) Bailey, Andy (expat) Vogler & I managed to blag our way into a Channel 9 Pre Ashes party and sample a few of the free drinks available and had a tour of the wicket with the curator (groundsman to us!) and my god it looked green.
So the big day duly arrived and Straussy won the toss and we were relieved to hear that he had chosen to put Australia in to bat and by the end of day one we had duly bowled them all out for 268 and at the close of play we were 29-0. The next morning the media were baying for blood and were very much blaming the selectors.
Day two started well until we got to 78-0, then within a few overs we were 98-5 and all out 187........... Michell Johnson was back taking 5 wickets! From then on the whole game turned on its head and we were the underdogs fighting for survival and our woes continued finally falling on day four to a loss on 267 runs. This brought the series back to 1-1 and suddenly from a position of potential ashes retention, we had suffered a terrible blow and finger nails were starting to deplete!
Luckily throughout all of this we found solice in a little back street pub called Durty Nellys who had pints of Guinness for $5.50 for the whole time we were there even when we drank them dry twice!
Well onwards and upwards its nearly Christmas so off to Melbourne we will go..........



Thursday, 16 December 2010

Western Australia

With hangovers still sitting in our bloodstream we escaped rainy Alelaide straight into Perth. We had said goodbye to Tara with a lovely lunch with Janet at the Little pub just off Hinchley Street - (Honest thats its name!) who had only been out for a week. She had also suffered with the terrible weather in the UK and had spent over 68 hours travelling to get the game - now that is what you call true dedication!
Anyway I digress we stayed for the night at the Witches hat which was to be our base for the third test and then hired an car and headed south. Our first stop was Fremantle known by locals as Freo where we had a little wander around and stopped at the famous Cicerellas for Fish and chips on the quay. They were delish, but you had to keep you eyes peeled for dive bombing seagulls!

Our next stop was at the Leschenault waterway for a walk around the wetlands which were packed with Cormorants and pelicans . A bit further down the road we went on a short hike through a Tuart Forest - these trees only grow in South Western Australia and are strikingly tall and cast a dappled shady over the forest floor. Our final stop for the day was Busselton which is famous for its jetty which runs for two kilometres out to sea unfortunately it was closed for renovation phew! We stayed in the town overnight then the next we went out to Cape Naturaliste which is a most beautiful coastline and we took one of the coastal walks. I had woken up to find I had got another horrid cold which was a bit of a bummer, but we travelled down to Eagle Bay which has a really beautiful beach and a cute little restaurant. More walks around the forests as the heat was pretty tough and a night in Margaret River full of cold pills yuck!

Next morning we had a trip down to the local birds of prey centre, where we both turned our hands to a bit of bird handling when some brown kites which were 'second chance' birds who had been injured and brought back to health. There were three kites in the group and they all had quite different personalities, which was fasinating to watch. We then carried down to the more stark coastline of Cape Leeuwin where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean and we had a lovely if blustery walk.

 We stopped at nearby Augusta for the night where we had all sorts of fun trying to get a room for the night as there was a

Dean was incredibly excited as not only were we only two days away from the third text, but his tour partner in crime Tubey had arrived whilst we were away. So we picked him up and headed off to Scarborough beach for the afternoon and then the pub - what a surprise!!
Back in town we hit the BA HQ - The Lucky Shag where a pint was $10 or 7 quid to you or me so we didn't hand around there for too long once we had caught up with 'wrong un' Ian and off we went to what was to be our hang-out for the rest of the week - Durty Nellies at $5.5 for a pint of Guinness which for Oz was a result! Suffice to say the night got better and much more hazy for the boys - hic
Night all

'biker' convention in the town and it was loud bikes and leather everywhere! The lovely couple whose home we stayed at really looked after me squeezing lemons from their tree for me to take with hot water - yum. On our return journey we stopped at Margaret river and had a wonder around the very lovely Xmas market there. The big problem in this area is that they have had no decent rain for nearly nine years and as a consequence the whole local economy is in deep recession. Despite that it is still a beautiful place and the people and business that are still there were incredibly nice. Another night in Busselton after an afternoon of wine tasting in a couple of wineries - which would have been yum if I could have tasted them! (but we bought a sparking light rose for later when I could) Our final day of sightseeing was spent dolphin watching and walking around Freo where we spent our final night before heading back to Perth.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Adelaide....... it begins

Its been a while since we have posted. I always knew it would be hard in Oz with all the Cricket etc, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be writing this with a win under our belt! We arrived in Adelaide with the idea that if we could get a draw here we would game on for the rest fo the series, but from the start everything went our way. The day before the start we went down to watch the teams netting and managed to run into Punter who was none too pleased, but was kind enough to stop for a photo. It later transpired that he had just found out that Mitchell Johnson had been dropped and was pretty angry about it. We of course were very pleased to hear it! The England team looked so focussed, not something we were used to seeing and the talk around those BA there was perhaps there was some room to hope!

Day 1 arrived and we arrived to a full house an hour before the start. We found a few spare seats in front of the hill right on the bowlers arm, which is where we based ourselves for the next few five days. Day one saw another first day collapse with the Aussies 3-2 by the second over and all out for 245 by afetr tea. England came in and closed the day 1-0. For the next two days we dominated the play with Cook putting on another 148 caught off Harris, before getting out and Pieterson coming back on form just in time to score at tremendous 227 (caught Katich off Doherty), just 1 run higher than his previous highest score.
This photo shows him when he got his 200 coming straight towards the Barmy Army and raising his bat directly to us which was lovely. We finally declared on day 4 at 620-5, another staggering innings. The weather was not playing ball with storms constantly passing over and some rain falling. Once Australia were back in it the storm clouds really started to roll in and the Aussie media really thought the weather would give them the draw they really wanted to salvage, but the clouds stayed away long enough on day 5 to take the last 6 wickets and we had done it! The final day had pretty much been an English affair with the Aussies not bothering to attend.

The Cathedral pub which had been our lunch time haunt for most of the week cranked up the music and the party began two hours later the heavens opened and the rain that the Aussies has so desperately wanted had finally come far too late............ the party carried on down the centre of Adelaide all the way to PJ O'Briens where you could hear the singing on the Balcony all the way down the main street.  I think the locals will remeber us for a while.......................                               Off to Perth we will go ......
Sara xx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Clueless in Brisbane!

Dear all

Well what a week we have had. No rollercoaster could replicate what the England fans have been through in the first test over here. Despite being bowled out on day one and then our own bowlers struggling through day two they managed to turn the whole event into a record breaking fest. So now the losing streak at the Gabba has been broken after 24 years and Ali Cook has now knocked the great Don Bradman off his 70+ year record of the highest individual test score with his 235 not out. So happy days around even if the liver and the head have suffered some what  over the duration!

Off to Adelaide tomorrow to start all over again - Here's hoping


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Great Barrier Reef

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Yesterday we did decided that we would follow convention and take a trip out onto the Great Barrier Reef. despite this being the most popular trip for visitors it is mot cheap especially with the weak pound almost doubling the cost of everything since we were last here. In fact we have spent more in two weeks here than we did in nearly two months in SE Asia! Oh well mustn't moan when most people are stuck in a bleak & cold England  with only X factor and I'm a celebrity! So glad I'm away despite the hemorrhaging cash situation. So back to yesterday we set out on a large catamaran with a few other intrepid travellers who were mainly Aussies and Japanese. Dean had booked a dive & I stuck to the snorkeling (can't do anything underwater following a swimming pool incident in my youth!).
 I was first in and within 20 Min's had managed to kill the battery on the camera!

The second snorkel on the Oyster reef after lunch was unbelievable as in trying to escape from the splashing antics of the other snorklers I managed to meet up with a large Green Turtle, which seems quite happy to let me to snap away. That was until a large shape loomed up underneath me and another even large turtle literally swam up underneath me. Trust me I was very close to filling my very stretchy stinger suit! However recovered enough to brag about the whole incident on the way back as no one else had seen them, let alone photographed them. The rest of the afternoon was spent on another reef Upolu, which had some beautiful fish and I managed to see some Squid & some brilliant Blue Starfish.

Giant Sea Clam

So this will be the last of the travel posts for a while  as our next 6 week will be spent following the Engalnd cricket tems in the their exploits and hopefully with us managing to retain the Ashes.

Here's hoping.....

Thanks for looking


Sara xx

Monday, 22 November 2010

Cape Tribulation

 Hi all
Our next update fom Oz is from Cape Tribulation and the Danetree forest which is an area I have wanted to visit for many years. On the plus side nearly every person  I know who has visited the region raves about it so the only downside was that my high expectations would not be met. The tour we booked was for just one day as we were only in Cairns for a few days, but had a full itinerary. We were picked up at dawn by the indigenous George who managed to memorise the names of our small group immediately and soon had us all interacting despite that fact that most of us were from completely different continents let alone countries. He kept us entertained all the way up the coast with stories of his family and his culture and gave us the English and Aboriginal name for everything we passed on our journey. Before we knew it we had reached the Danetree forest where we stopped for a couple of different walks and then we stopped at a wildlife centre which held a number of examples of the local inhabitants including Cassowary's & salty crocs!

I particularly fell in love with these two cheeky  young lizards who were always on the lookout for a tasty scrap of food ! Our day had decided not not live up to expectations and half way around the tour the heavens opened and the rain bucketed it down!We then ventured over the river to Cape Tribulation which is a mixture of some of the oldest rain forest in the world and mangrove swamp, which gives it a real prehistoric feel especially since it was still quite rainy.

Here is a shot of the forest from a lookout down to the cape itself

And a warning for all Cassowary's not following the green cross code!

Finally a shot on the way home where we joined in the photo fun with three Chinese girls on our tour. I have to say this is one of the ways that we distinguish the different Asian countries, Japanese = very quick formal shots, like shopping and temples, Korean - extremely formal shots usually with Nikon digital SLR's , like culture and large coach tours, Chinese - cannot take a shot that does not include a peace sign or other non formal pose, like small intimate tours and adventure sports.

As always thanks for looking



Saturday, 20 November 2010

Northern Territories

Dear all

Another post, but this time we have moved onto Australia, more precisely we have been in the Northern Territories. Our journey from Phnom Phen took us back to Bangkok where we had set out some 2 months earlier, but this time we stayed at a little spa resort near to the airport, where I indulged myself in my last Thai massage, utter bliss and only 5 quid for an hour! The next morning we caught our flight to Darwin, via Singapore when I also had a little spend and acquired a little net book in the vain hope that I would be able to update the blog more often - I will try when we do get access that doesn't cost the debt of Ireland!

Setting up camp on the first night
In Darwin we picked up our little wicked camper
van and set off for our outback adventure. Our first stop was the Humpty Doo Hotel, which is famous for saying that its famous & its halfway to Kakadu so many tourists all stop for a drink or one for their enormous lunches. He soon arrived at our beautiful quiet campsite and set ourselves up for the night.

On the way into Kakadu

Little did we know we had entered into an animal war zone........ first came the Cockatoo's all in full mating glory.. next the crows, some magpie geese and Ibis. Finally the mosquito's realised that I was a moving buffet cart and descended en mass..... The next morning I looked like I had the measles with hundreds of bites all over my arms and back. Let me tell you Bushmans 60% deet does obviously not work here! There were however some great butterflies and a number of grazing wallabies who just wandered past to make up for the discomfort........ (I think!).

 Our next few days were spent around the park with no further animal incidents, but we did have too invest in a fan to be able to cope with the heat in the night & we had to restructure our waking days to get everything done by 1.00pm before it got to hot (our hottest day was Jabaru outside the bakery where the temperature showed 51C in the shade! Yow!!) The whole park is massive some 20,000 square km, but the main aboriginal are sites are located quite close and we stuck to Jabaru and Yellow Creek for our walks. We did manage to splash our on a river cruise where we saw our first 'salties' (salt water crocodile), which were bigger than I imagined and some quite spectacular birds including, sea eagles, storks and cranes.

Next stop was Katherine some 300 km south and about 8 degrees hotter than Kakudu! The main street is pretty much the town, but is famous for its 13 gorges and its hot springs. Given the heat we took the easy route and went on a combined tour with the first part on a helicopter over the whole length of the gorges and the second part a river boat trip up the first three. Suffice to say it was breathtaking and spectacular and certainly better than the alternative 5 hour walk in 45 degrees!!The pilot even landed on the gorge edge so we could take some photos, but they really do not do justice to the place.
Our last stop was the magical Litchfield National park, which was cooler, more compact and pretty much a mosquito free zone! (albeit replaced by persitent sandflies). The whole place is 10% the size of Kakadu, but much more is packed into the area with numerous waterfalls with pools you can swim in underneath. We were fortunate that all the 4WD roads were still open unlike Kakadu so we got right off the beaten track. In summary if you can stand the heat and are immune to to Mozzies and sandflies then this place is so worth including on a tour. We took hundreds of photos and the edited highlights are all on Facebook. I will leave you with one final snap taken in Katherine, for which I will give a prize for the best caption!


Sunday, 7 November 2010

The Centre for Childrens Happiness

Dear all

Yesterday we travelled down from Battenbang by local bus, which actually took the 4 hours which it was supposed to do!! So we spent the rest of the day having a long lazy lunch and catching up with backing up photos etc which we have not been able to do for a while as the Internet speeds have been so slow. I will be adding a few photos to earlier posts where we couldn'tt before so do look back aver the next day or two.

Today we spent some time at the Center for Children's Happiness - This centre offers a home & education for children who live on the streets and landfill sites in the city and is similar to the project we had been hoping to work with prior to leaving (which unfortunately had to be cancelled). A fellow BA follower and friend Rich put us in touch with this organisation where his sister had spend the past year working & he had visited himself not two weeks earlier. This amazing place not only provides a home, clothing and basic needs like food, but also give these amazing youngsters with an opportunity to be educated to the highest level. The older Kids all run out to hug and welcome you and were so willing to show you around their dorm rooms, schools and library all funded by donations. it was so lovely to see that not all children have to face a bleak future in poverty and they seemed so grateful for the chance.  No photos for obvious reasons, but I do urge you to have a look at their website

Tomorrow is our last day in PP then we are on our way to Oz where the posts will probably reduce to weekly as those of  you following the Ashes will know what we are doing and those of you who don't won't really care!!

Take care and thans for looking


Friday, 5 November 2010

The Bamboo Railway and other ramblings

Hey all

Today we ventured out into the countryside around Battenbang with a tuk tuk driver now named Snail Simon as one would have driven faster! We had already had a wonder around the town and although the place is pretty large by Cambodian standards and its colonial architecture is very pretty albeit a little faded there was not much to write home about!. Our first stop was the bamboo railway (locally known as the Nori) first made its appearance in the 1960's so the railway workers could make repairs. After the Khmer Rouge lunacy , the Cambodians were struggling to repair their lives and as the roads were in disrepair coupled with few means of transport such a s buses and trains this provided a practical  albeit rudimentary transport solution. Although flimsy in looks the bamboo construction was very strong, cattle and pigs could be taken to market& tons of vegetables delivered. In emergencies it could run in the night. At first they were powered by poles like a gondola, but after a few years small petrol engines replaced them. At their peak there were 1000+ Norries operating on 600km of track. Nowadays very few operate but there is still one here ferrying tourists and firewood up and down the track . So for our $5 we took our trip on a very thin cushion with the couple from Oz we had met on the previous day (Susan & Lex) and we were off! The crude assembly and the fact that the whole thing has to be dismantled when you meet another Norrie on the track which is more laden than you makes the whole thing feel a bit scary!!fair rule). The whole thing moves around 30km/hr at full speed but the track is so worn it was only possible in a few area thank god as it felt that we were about to take off ! Plus the bumps on the track went through you like nothing I have ever felt! We stopped about 12km down the track for a drink, chatted with a few of the locals then made our way back.

Once we had gained the feeling back in our backsides our driver slowly took us around to Phnom Banan which is an 11th Century temple - yep we hadn't escaped them!! The biggest killer was that you had to climb 358 stone steps to get up to it, but the view for miles around was so worth it.

 Our final stop was Phnom Sampeau which has a complex of temples at the summit of its limestone outcrops/ This climb was even worse with over 1200 steps up, but 'luckily' we took advantage of a diversion halfway up & visited some of the 'killing' caves which is an enchanting staircase down into a set of caves where a golden reclining Buddha lies peacefully next to a memorial filed with bones and skulls form some of the people bludgeoned to death by the Khmer Rouge and then thrown in through the overhead skylight. It was pretty gruesome & I managed to come a cropper on one of the piles of rocks badly gashing all down my left leg. Somehow despite all the blood and the guide being horrified I felt given the location I really couldn't moan as I had at least left there alive (what a drama queen !!) We still made it to the top to see all the golden temples although we were careful to stay well away from the macaques given my very enticing leg! A long climb down preceded the highlight of the day as dusk fell and we saw thousands of bats fly out of one of the lower caves. The driver told us that there were over 20  million in the cave system and they took over one and a half hours to all fly out! That's some mosquito eating machine! It was absolutely breathtaking to sea this moving river of bats stream out of the cave opening.

Tomorrow we travel back to Phnom Penh for the final couple of days in Cambodia.

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Siem Reap to Battembang

Dear all

Our final day in Siem Reap involved doing all that stuff you need to do every once in a while like book up accommodation, camper vans, boat tickets and do a bit of shopping (well I did!) and that what we did. One of the more pleasurable tasks was booking the boat trip to Battenbang which we took today. I also manged to fit in a little mani/pedi afterwards as well!!

 So again up with the larks (or cockerels here!) we were picked up of our boat ride by one of the most decrepit buses I have ever seen. We were wedged in the front which had the dash board missing! The pier was about 11km from Siem Reap & I silently had bet with myself as to whether any parts of the bus would fall off on route, but I lost! The trip itself is really only possible at certain times of the year as the Tonle Sap Lake fills from its dry season low on 2,500km2 to over 13,000km2 and the depth allows the boats to squeeze through the narrow waterways. As a consequence of all the water there are thousands of different birds with the main area now a protected wetland.
The journey was entertaining for a number of reasons firstly we managed to seat ourselves in front of two Australians who were in their late 60's and had been travelling for the last 5 months - of course a few references to the forthcoming Ashes had to be made. Secondly as the boat filled up with our luggage up top and everyone else below it became apparent that there were too many people for the number of seats so about 30 people were sent to sit on the roof! This factor also had an impact on the stability of said boat in that every time we saw something interested on one side of the boat every one up top shifted causing some very worried faces below!!
However one of the most enduring memories I gathered on this trip was from the people who live on the wetlands eking out a living fishing & growing cash  crops in the fertile silt of the river beads in the summer. Most for the houses/shops & every the schools are floating, with a few of the richer souls using concrete stilts as bases. Everywhere we sailed people came to their front doors to wave and say hello and the kids were amazing all jumping up and down in the hope we would wave back. It very sad to think that for most of these people this is the only connection with the outside world that many of them will have.
Finally after about 7 hours we reached our destination, having only broken down twice! Once because we took a short cut across a flooded field & the propeller got caught up with weed and secondly when we ran out of fuel about 5 mins from the finish!! You have to laugh - only in Cambodia!

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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Around Angkor

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The second day of our three day trip to Siem Reap involved tipping a protesting Dean out of bed at the ungodly hour of 4.00am so we could go and watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. With having already been there on the previous day Dean took an awful amount of persuading, but we roused our driver 'Rocket' Ronnie and duly set off on our pilgrimage. It was stunning, more so because the dawn twilight masked some of the bright green monoflex covering the scaffolding over part of the front renovations. Once we had digested this romantic view with the couple of other thousand tourists (!) we set off on our real tour of the day taking the tuk tuk some 50 km north to a place called Kbal Spean, which is  a riverbed that contains thousands of carvings, set deep into the forest.

You walk about 2km uphill from the carpark and then you walk back down the riverbank following the carvings. Why anyone would do this I have no idea, but it was a cool aside to dusty 'ruined' temples that make up the rest of the area.  

Our next stop was the Beautiful temple of Banteay Srei. The stone is all shades of pink and red and the detail in the carvings was amazing and well worth the visit. We then tracked our way back towards Angkor Thom for the final leg of our temple tour (or over tour if you ask Dean LOL) and took in the country sights.  
As you pass the homes of people in rural areas you quite often see spirit houses in use despite the prevailing religion being Buddhism. However around this area the folk also make use of scarecrows to ward of ghosts and other evil spirits & we often saw these 'dummies' literally strapped to the front gate. Some of them were even 'armed' with cardboard knives or bazookas!  Our final clutch of temples were on the northern reaches of the main Angkor sites being Eastern Mebon, Ta Sam & Preah Khan & by then even I was starting to glaze over and Dean was well past his tolerance zone. So with a final whizz through the city of Angkor Thom we bid our farewell to the temples of SE Asia (postscript: or so we thought!!)

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Monday, 1 November 2010

Angkor Rocks

 Dear all

Since we started our travels around SE Asia I have been looking forward to this part of tour the most having wanted to visit Angkor Wat for many years. As we said yesterday the journey to Siem Reap took longer than expected - about 11 hours and we arrived after it had got dark to a rugby scrum of tuk tuk drivers all wanting your business not only for the journey to the hotel, but also for the following days excursions to the sacred temples. We settled on a guy called Ronnie who seemed a little less pushy than the rest and set our agenda for the next couple of days. This morning we set off to visit the largest religious structure in the world Angkor Wat & it didn't disappoint. The whole place just shouts power and authority and in its time must have been a very intimidating sight. There isn't much I can say apart from it took us around two and a half hours to walk around and I was impressed from start to finish ( Dean -  just thought it was a load of old rocks & couldn't see what the fuss was all about!).

We then had an early lunch to avoid the tour groups and then went to Ta Prohm, which although was an awesome temple in its time the decision to leave it as a managed ruin exposed to the ravages of the jungle was a wise one as it reminds you what the explorers who 'rediscovered'  this area would have seen & its right out of an Indiana Jones movie - your almost expect the rocks to start tumbling as you walk through the dappled shade along the bas reliefs which have tree roots and lichen all over them.
Our final stop was the old fortified city of  Angkor Thom, which at its peak probably housed around a million people - so pretty big ! Within the walls are a large number of temples which remain (stone was reserved only for gods!) and we spent another few hours wondering around this area. Our final stop was the South gate of the city for a little photo shoot then back. We avoided the sunset scrum which was probably wise as it was cloudy when we got back & would not have we worth the jostling!  Tomorrow is Dean's favourite day of the whole tour when I make him get up at 4.00am to watch 'a sunrise over bunch of stone's we already saw yesterday'! - Don't worry he gets his revenge in Oz - 25 days of cricket Arghhhh!!
Wish me luck!

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Hugs Sara

Sunday, 31 October 2010

All Hallows Eve

Dear all

Happy All Hallows Eve to you all !

We are on our way to Siem Reap today which is published to take around 9 hours (but we have bets on 12 - that's Cambodia for you!!).

Despite the journey from hell I will not be missing being in England because:

- I don't have to keep bowls of chocolate to avoid the guilt if some kids knock & I don't have any goodies......
-Then feel guilty about eating whats left cos I've bought too much .....
- We avoid all the fancy dress parties (Angela I do enjoys yours........& I know this is more to keep H happy!)
- & finally don't have to wake up in the dark tomorrow morning knowing it will probably be dark when we get home from work despite having an extra hour in bed!!

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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Mekong Discovery Trail

 Hi all

We spent another day around Kratie today, but rather that have someone drive us we decided to hire a couple of bikes and cycle some of the Mekong Discovery Trail, which is a 190km trail linking Kratie with Stung Treng & then on to the Lao border. The particular section we did was a trial around Koh Trong as the Island is accessible by ferry from just outside our hotel. The weather was overcast yet still pleasantly warm as we took the ferry over so it wasn't too onerous as we set off on the circular tour of the island. All along the path were traditional  stilt houses and all the kids came running out as we cycled by to say hello. Of course we stopped to talk to them, but most of them had no English and we had very limited Khmer so it ended up being lots of smiles and laughter as we realised our dilemma.
 The island community were mostly fisherman and farmers so electricity was mainly provided by a car battery & a couple of the richer individuals had a generator & their main crop was Pomellos which are very large citrus fruits. Of course the heavens decided to open up half way around so the locals took great delight in laughing at us cycling in the rain!
Despite our wet surroundings we had a great time and thoroughly recommend this area if you ever venture this way.

Thanks for looking

Sara xx