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We've seen crickets, frogs and cockroaches on the dining plate instead of being shooed away. We've come face to face with the horrors that one man could do to an entire nation. We've seen first-hand the suffering and pain that the Khmer Rouge have brought upon their own countrymen. We also bore witness to the resilience and indomitable spirit of the people of Cambodia that made them rise above its gruesome past. We stared in wonder at the ancient Khmer skill that made the majestic Angkor temples.
We've spent the shortest time in this country so far, yet we felt that we have felt and experienced more than we expected. Ah Cambodia! You have smitten the Sole Sisters in such a short time.
And now, here we are again. It's that time of the month. (No, not that time!) It's time we get crunching with numbers!
1. Number of days: 17
2. Number of cities visited: 4
3. Number of waterfalls: 3
5. Distance walked by said elephant: 100 meters
*Which makes the ride cost 1 USD per 10 meters!( Yeah, we're great with numbers...and calculators.)
6. Number of jumps/dives/flips on Yaek Lom Crater Lake: 20+
7. Age of one of the best tour guide in Cambodia, Mr Kosal: 20
8. Number of times Chichi said she wouldn't visit the Cheong Ek Genocidal Center (or the Killing Fields as it is commonly called) in Phnom Penh: 10*
9. Entrance fee to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh: 6.50 USD
|That's the reason why this photo was taken from the outside.|
11. Days it took for the wound to transfrom from icky scab to pinkish raw skin: 8
12. Number of security regulations imposed on the prisoners of the Tuol Sleng High School turned prison: 10
|#6 While getting lashes or electrification, you must not cry at all.|
13. Number of times the Sole Sisters almost died biking in the crazy streets of Phnom Penh to reach the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng: 351321*
*Guestimate number. But it was really hard since they don't understand the concept of sticking to your lane.
15. Number of temples visited around Angkor: 7
16. Things we learned from Angkor (to the point of death) that the famous guidebook doesn't tell you: 5
17. Number of times the Sole Sister said NO to riding any form of bikes: Countless
18. Number of times we missed the sunset: 2 out of 2 chances
19. Number of items bought from the Siem Reap night market: 4
* 1 scarf-Lois, 1 shirt-Hutch, 1 dress and 1 shorts-Chichi
20. Number of buckets consumed at Angkor What? bar on Pub Street: 5*
*Over the course of 1 week. That's still a lot but...just sayin'. -Chichi
21. Number of margaritas Chichi got us for free just for looking panicky and pretty: 3
22. Number of days in Battambang: 3
23. Number of days it rained while in Battambang: 3
24. Total cost of Chichi's dorm bed (a/c+pool+2 USD all-you-can-eat breakfast+great people) at The Siem Reap Hostel: 56 USD (for 7 days)
25. Total paid for dorm bed: 35 USD
*Total cost reduced because of 1 USD per night discount (for more than a week stay) and some miscomputation (Oops!) on the receptionist's part.
** In my defense, I found out about the miscomputation halfway to Bangkok - Chichi
LOIS' TOTAL EXPENSE: 170 USD
We've made a lot of friends, got into some (mis)adventures, found the courage to come face-to-face with the Khmer Rouge era and marveled at the beauty of Angkor. We've been both horrified and amazed, terrified and spell-bound, repulsed and humbled.
Cambodia is a contradiction of sorts. There's defintely more to the Khmers than what meets the eye.
Onward to Thailand,
Sole Sister Lois and Chichi
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