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Visiting Cambodia, Part One (Kep & Kampot)

Have you ever done something so many times that it becomes second nature? You don’t even think twice about doing it? Take, for example, the way you brew your coffee in the morning. Or your drive to work. These things seem obviously simple to you. Until someone else enters your life, and views these things from a lens that completely blows your mind.

Going home to Wisconsin for Christmas, getting lunch at the local cafe is so routine for my father, they start making his salad before he walks in the door. For me, it was a flurry for colors, smells, and tastes I never experience the other 364 days of the year. Not to mention the excessive amount of cheese that is present on every Wisconsin plate.

So it is with Cambodia. When my friends and family come visit, they are amazed by things that I view as my day-to-day life. Take, for example, dodging motos when crossing the street. Or ordering lemon when you want lime. (Don’t ask.)

My aunt and her friends visited this past month, and it was a total blast. We had so much fun exploring Cambodia, and I love any excuse to play tourist. My aunt is one of the best photographers I know, so I asked to steal some of her photos for my blog. (Seriously, she gets one of her photos in her annual work calendar every year!)

So, here you go. Cambodia from another pair of eyes.

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The view from my rooftop in the Russian Market neighborhood. If you’ve ever been here, you can see White Linen Boutique Guesthouse in the bottom center. (The lavender colored building.)

 

 

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Walking through the Russian Market.

 

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The meat venders of the Russian Market.

 

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Fruit outside the Russian Market. (As if you needed any more evidence that the Russian Market is one of the best in Phnom Penh!)

 

IMG_4718Sunset over the Kampot river, a two hour drive from my school. It makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

IMG_4741The famous Saraman curry at Rikitikitavi in Kampot. Saraman curry is a special Cambodian curry that is not easy to come by. It is very, very rich and very flavorful. The primary ingredients are dry roasted coconut, shallots, garlic, cinnamon, and a lot of yum.

 

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My friend Anna snuck down to Kampot with us for a weekend. We woke up nice and early to get a yoga session in with the sunrise. Little did I know, my aunt snapped a great photo!

 

IMG_4791Eating breakfast off the balcony at Greenhouse in Kampot.

 

IMG_4801Downtown Kampot.

 

IMG_4813Downtown Kampot.

 

IMG_4818The famous Durian statue in downtown Kampot.

 

IMG_4838Walking along the Kep coastline. What a contrast.

 

IMG_4847Monkeys along the Kep coastline.

 

IMG_4851Monkeys along the Kep coast.

IMG_4860More monkeys.

IMG_4888Buying snacks in Kep.

 

IMG_4902My favorite hotel in Kep, the Kep Lodge.

 

IMG_4954Ordering squid in Kep.

 

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Browsing the crab market.

 

IMG_4982On the drive home from Kep, we passed at least thirty busses carrying young women. Sadly, we deduced they were being taken home from their factory shifts. Check the label of your shirt right now. Does it say, “Made in Cambodia”?

 

IMG_5023Passing a family of five on a moto.

 

IMG_5024Beautiful smiles.

 

I love all these pictures for so many reasons. My aunt takes a fantastic photograph, and it is a reminder of how beautiful this country is that I have come to call home.

Check back soon for the next blog, in which I give you yet another tour of Phnom Penh!

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How To Have Fun In Kep Without Really Trying

I am majorly behind on my blog. As I force myself to move in chronological order with my posts, I am still writing about events from January. That’s bad. Although, as belated as it may be, late blog posts have two hidden benefits:

1. It means I have been enjoying life in Cambodia so much that I haven’t had time to write.
2. I get to relive the memories from a few months back over again.

So, when my dad and sister were here in mid-January, I took a long weekend and we went down to Kep together. For Sean and I, Kep is our weekend getaway. Only two and a half hours outside of the city, you can be there in time for happy hour on Friday, and get back home on Sunday with enough time to relax and watch a movie before bed.

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Kep has many hidden secrets, and just as many not-so-hidden ones. It’s pretty easy to enjoy a weekend in Kep. Here’s how…

IMG_0317Go on a treasure hunt for all the unique statues around the city. Off the top of my head, I can count at least five.

IMG_0362Drive the—almost—empty roads that traverse the rolling hills. Snap photos of over-loaded motos.

IMG_0331Head down to the coast and watch the boats at the crab market.

IMG_0333Experience the culinary delight that is fresh-grilled seafood.

IMG_0350Count the number of different types of seafood you can identify.

IMG_0352Sample the seafood. It’s less than a dollar for a grilled squid on a skewer.

IMG_0336Witness the hustle and bustle of crab sales at the market.

IMG_0348Try to spot the biggest crab.

IMG_0345Watch the crab get steamed in assembly-line style.

IMG_2313Take a breather from the crab market, and head over to the Sailing Club for the perfect happy hour sunset. (Bonus Activity: Jump off their jetty after dark and swim with phosphorescent plankton!)

IMG_2286Ride horses through the Kep mountains.

IMG_2337Trek to Sunset Rock for the best view of the city.

Kep really is the ideal weekend trip. You’ve just got to bring along your swimsuit, your smile, and your camera.

 

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