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Phnom Penh with the team - 5am aerobics & Cruise

Twelve great days in Cambodia with 6 girls on the returnees team. They volunteered at different organisations & I worked at our Girls Home. Weather was hot & humid, often with an afternoon storm. Have been getting around mostly by bicycle & getting better at navigating the crazy traffic & even mastered the roundabout!!! Went for dinner in the local area most nights & could walk there & back, which was nice.

One morning Deb & I got up at 4.30am in the dark & rode bicycles to Olympic Stadium for the 5am aerobics class. It is dark, the moon is out & we are the only westerners joining in with hundreds of locals for an hours class for 1000 riel ( 25 c). Hilarious fun & by the time you finish at 6am the sun is up & then we rode home in the busy streets now that the city was fully awake!!

One evening we went on a sunset cruise on the Mekong for $3 each - except no sunset as it was drizzling with rain, so we sat on the roof of the boat with our rain ponchos. We ordered some cokes but were told they forgot to put the drinks on board!!!!! We just sat & laughed at how foolish we looked - a very Cambodian experience - no drinks & it came back 30 mins early!!!

One afternoon we treated ouselves to a High Tea at The Haven Tearooms. The food was amazing & they finished off by giving us all a shoulder & arm massage. Didn't need dinner that night!!

One day we had off & everyone did their own thing. Most went shopping but I decided to walk down 19 St from 240 St - (expensive intetesting shops & restaurants) down past Wat Phnom. Saw lots of interesting sights as I walked past people working & eating on the streets. Was stinking hot & decided to catch a moto back to the National Museum. Decided after 13 visits to Cambodia that I realy should visit it! Cost $3 & was..... OK.... liked the actual building & courtyard most of all. HUGE storm with lots of thunder hit while I was in there & instantly cooled everything down. Water was pouring off the roof like waterfalls. After 1/2 hour it eased off & I wandered out the front to find 178 St flooded - cars & bicycles & tuk tuks driving slowly through knee deep water. Street children were swimming & playing & as I waded through it hoped there wasn't any sewerage mixed in with it. Climbed up to the rooftop of the building on the opposite corner of FCC & got some great photos

PHOTO_ID_L=flooding-outside-national-museum.jpg] 7-19th June

Or a couple of sacks of rice!!

Or a couple of sacks of rice!!


Roadside stall

Roadside stall


Nothing driving a moto with a gas bottle!

Nothing driving a moto with a gas bottle!


Deb at Aerobics at 5am in the dark at Olympic

Deb at Aerobics at 5am in the dark at Olympic


Fan dancing at the Stadium

Fan dancing at the Stadium


Olympic Stadium - aerobics finished

Olympic Stadium - aerobics finished


Riding our bikes back home

Riding our bikes back home


Yummy food at the High Tea

Yummy food at the High Tea


Riding home from aerobics

Riding home from aerobics


Some of the girls at the High Tea

Some of the girls at the High Tea


Exploring the streets of PP

Exploring the streets of PP


Roadside activities

Roadside activities


Set up shop anywhere - cheap rent!

Set up shop anywhere - cheap rent!


National Museum - torrential downpour

National Museum - torrential downpour


Water pouring off the roof

Water pouring off the roof


Front of National museum

Front of National museum


Flooding after the storm

Flooding after the storm


Flooding outside National museum

Flooding outside National museum


Flooding in 178 St

Flooding in 178 St


National Museum

National Museum


Street kids playing

Street kids playing


Looking over Nat Museum & flooded street

Looking over Nat Museum & flooded street


The local elephant that walks up Sisowath Qua

The local elephant that walks up Sisowath Qua


Relaxing in a little quiet corner with a coke

Relaxing in a little quiet corner with a coke


Going to our Sunset ( not!) cruise in the rai

Going to our Sunset ( not!) cruise in the rai


Sliding in the mud to get to the boat

Sliding in the mud to get to the boat


On the deck of the boat with our rain ponchos

On the deck of the boat with our rain ponchos

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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