|I really love East Asian Markets|
|Hermione in appropriately themed American top|
with Thanksgiving Dinner
|Tamarind Vodka, Kaffir Lime and Lemongrass Tequila &|
Fresh Pepper Gin
|Riverside during the recent Water Festival|
Just up the road from me is Phnom Penh's Olympic Stadium, which is an excellently designed area, that becomes quite lively before sunset. It has a great community like feeling where groups of people participate in exercise dance classes to horrible pop music, grill chicken and make fresh sugarcane drinks, while others run down on the track or play volleyball in the adjacent sand pits. In a city that isn't very good for walking or running, it's really nice to have a space like this that can be utilized by the public. And honestly I love running on good rubberized tracks, so I'm very excited about running here regularly.
Then there is just the relative ease with which everything seems to happen. Furniture supposed to be delivered at 9am? It actually shows up and is delivered up your absurdly steep stairs at 9am. Need a visa for a year? Showed up to a travel agent, forked over some cash and they said please pick it up on Friday. Even the local currency is in my native currency, meaning when transferring funds from the US I don't get murdered slowly over exchange rates. Even dealing with internet and buying electronics for work was a piece of cake. Because of past experiences trying to do anything in Asia I enter most situations expecting the worse (Nepal had an uncanny way of exceeding my worst expectations) but Cambodia so far has just been one pleasant surprise after another.
Stay awesome Cambodia, and thanks for a great introduction.