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Knyom nuk niat, kampuchea!

Off to Vietnam

It's been a while since my last post but I've been VERY busy! I had a good week w/ mom who randomly decided to visit for a week! It was nice to show her the sites around PP and then we were off to Siem Reap for a long weekend to see the Angkorian temples, which were absolutely amazing. I'll be posting pictures of them when I get a chance. The the following week I was busy getting ready to say goodbye to Cambodia! I can't believe time passed so quickly! I spent most of this week buying goodbye presents for people, setting up a party for the kids at the center, and cramming all my belongings into my 50 litre backpack! It was quite surreal on thursday morning to be sitting on a bus leaving Cambodia! Thursday was overall a pretty stressful day- first, as I was packing, a scorpion crawls out of a box I had on my shelf. I just picked the box up and it fell out and crawled under my backpack. So then I'm like "great, WHAT am I supposed to do now?" Did I mention that it was about 15 min before I had to leave for the bus? Luckily donnai came home a few min later and I went up to her and was like "donnai, in my room, BUG- SCARY BUG"- I finally drew her a picture and shes like "ohhhhh baaaad". So there we are standing on the bed in my room with a tiny can of buy spray and a 6 foot metal duster handle prodding at the backpack! Shes about to poke the backpack when she turns to me and asks "how big"? I demonstrate about 2 inches with my fingers and she heads back upstairs and comes back 2 minutes later w/ a 10 foot metal duster handle (much more suitable!)
donnai and jo: 1, scorpion: 0
So after that whole event was over, I realize that the text message in which jacqui sent the name of the hotel where i'm to meet her in Ho Chi Minh City, has been automatically deleted from our apt phone. Excellent! So an hour later I find myself alone on a bus to Ho Chi Minh City with a dead cell phone, a week-expired cambodian visa and not a clue where I'm supposed to be going when I arrive! I even used my best Khmer to borrow someones phone before we crossed the border but realized jacqui's phone doesn't work now that shes left cambodia (and she also hasn't had working email). Needless to say the day was quite and experience! I came up w/ a plan to go to the main backpacker area in the city where I figured I was likely to find an internet cafe, where I hoped I could check facebook and find a message from her w/ the hotel name. Thank god for luck, facebook, and globalization! I was able to throw on my backpack, find an internet cafe, get the name of the hotel from facebook, and ask directions to it in english! So here I am in Vietnam! More vietnam adventures to come...

Posted by jmalsch 01:52 Archived in Vietnam

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