Saturday, January 2, 2010


The journey from Phnom Penh to Bangkok took only 70 minutes, but it feels like we just teleported to another dimension. All of the luxuries of a western city (proper toilets), combined with constant reminders that 'oh yeah, you're in asia' (knock off street vendors).
From our hotel room balcony, Erik spotted a sweet pool/patio on the roof top of the building next to us. When it turned out to actually be OUR pool, it almost made us forget that our room was five floors above the most popular bar in Kosahn.
To fulfill our culture quota, Erik and I checked out a temple at the national palace. It was a good reminder that attitudes around 'personal space', 'line-up etiquette', and 'safety' differ in this part of the world.
side note: there are a disproportionately high number of white dudes with asian girlfriends here. just an observation.

We were feeling adventurous with dinner and checked out an asian grill. Although the it was novel to cook your own food, it seemed a little impractical to have half of your meat stick to the grill. It wasn't until we were down to the last few pieces that we realized the white stuff that we had been saving for last was fat, not fish, and that it was meant to be cooked first. Rookie mistake.
For the finale, Erik took me to see Avatar in 3D. Although I love movies, I haven't been to the theatre since we went to see the Lord of the Rings. The fact that the story line is predictable and the movie is 2 hours 45 minutes long is entirely compensated for by the intense visual experience and the good company.


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