Ben's Southeast Asia Trip travel blog

So i will just start out with the big news and say that there wont be any photos with this entry because i plugged my card reader into a computer in good old cambodia, and apparently it was infected with a virus, or at least thats what it says when i tried to plug it into another computer later and it refused to load the pics. but the biggest problem is that i lost all my photos!! for the enttire trip. over 300 in total! wish i could get ahold of the idiot who likes to make peoples lives hell just for fun by infecting computers with viruses. anyway, the photos are apparently still on the camera somewhere, because i only have about half the space left on the memory card. just dont know if i will be able to retrieve them. i might be able to find someone in vietnam to fix it. i hope.

cameras fine though. i think. its holding new photos at least.

anyway, other than that, things have been great as this is my sixth and final day in cambodia. well in sihanoukville i should say. theres not a whole lot to do here down on the coast except lay on the beach and eat bbq after the sun sets, which, for those of you in cooler climates i'm sure sounds pretty nice right now. there is a park a busride away you can explore i guess, but i am just getting my saltwater fix right now.

since my days arent very exciting, this will be a short entry and maybe when i get to the mayhem of saigon tomorrow, there will be more to report.

we befriended this khmer family down on the beach to the south of town, which is much cleaner and much less crowded. well, almost deserted is more along the lines of what it is actually. anyway, this family lives down there and runs a restaurant/guesthouse right on the beach, and these people, the whole family, are some of the warmest, kindest people i have ever met. to say that they know how to make you feel welcome is an understatement. even though it takes about 20 minutes to get there by motorbike, me and my german friends have been spending most of our time there. they made us this fantastic bbq right on the beach a few days ago and it was one of the best meals of my life! the atmosphere, the wafting aromas leading up to dinner, the generosity of our hosts, the food, the fire on the beach afterwards....

probably the best $30 i have ever spent. and that was going all out! the food itself: $10

its so great when you see and meet people who are geniunely proud of their culture and country, and furthermore, are fantastic at making you feel at home and want to show you the best there is about their homeland. to think we just stumbled upon this place. our host also speaks good english, so we've gotten some of the inside information on where the country is headed politically, and specifically what is going on in this region. its so great when you can actually interact with the locals rather than just purchase things from them. life becomes more 4 dimensional.

the part of the beach where they live is run by generator, and like 4,000 islands in laos, it cuts out at about 10:00, and to not have a fan at night in this heat is like a death sentence for me, so i diligently make the trip everyday to and from the beach. its a good excuse to rent a motorbike.

its nice to just rest on the beach here. there are ladies that walk around with little baskets full of little cosmetics and oil and they offer maniucures, pedicures, and massages right on the beach. a massage costs $5. yesterday i had two! :) gotta get it while you can.

there are also women walking around balancing large trays on their heads full of fresh fruit and sometimes grilled langostinos, which they carve open and drizzle with a little spice and fresh lime. yum!

i'm reading this book my friend kelly recommended to me called "first they killed my father" about the khmer rouge in the 70's and its strange how things that the narrator talks about remains so much the same in this country. little things, like the women i just wrote about with the goods balanced on their heads. sometimes, i wonder how much the lifestyle in the 21st century really differs from the 20th, and while the evidence is all around you that it is changing (like when you see a monk wrapped in saffron robes riding in a tuk tuk talking on a cell phone), sometimes it feels as if you have stepped back in time. especially the farther you get out into the countryside. its strange. i felt like that in thailand too.

anyway, so much for reflections. its getting hot, and i am off to the beach....

more from vietnam next time. hope everyone is well

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