Mo-ah Een-ten-city

It has been days without proper internet access, which isn't such a bad thing. I find myself now in Hoi An, Vietnam, in the post office's Internet room surrounded by 20 or so thirteen year old girls chatting with each other over IM, searching Google for pictures of the most dreamy boys you could imagine, and endlessly customizing their "My Yahoo" experience. It is adorable and gives me a glimpse at what I may be in for if I ever have a teenage daughter of my own. Oh boy.


So, it has been a while since my last update, and I am not sure how long I have here, as Arin and I have finally joined our close friends, Loc and his girlfriend Tania, for the remainder of our trip. But none of that matters. I just need to type maddly away and see how much I can squeeze in, while waiting for page refreshes in between the futile purge of spam from my email inbox.

Where to begin... oh yeah: Cambodia. There was a movie quote that seemed more and more relevant every single day we spent in Cambodia. The scene was from Lost in Translation: a Japanese camera man is directing Bill Murray in a photo shoot, he instructs him in Japanese for quite some time, until finally a woman translates all that he says into simply, "mo-ah... een-ten-city" (or "more intensity"). A perfect way to summarize how I felt day after day in Cambodia. From the absolute abusive heat on the tarmac of the Siem Reap Airport, to the more-expensive-than-average-everything, which was quite a shock after the-oh-so-affordable Chiang Mai, the constant and totally depressing assault of children who are desparate to sell you 10 postcards for a dollar (Arin and I bought 50 post cards or something), the sudden onslaughts of rain - one storm in particular flooded our hotel's street under 10 inches of rain and prevented Arin and I from leaving our hotel for an entire evening, the constant heat and humidity which grew so intense that the only way to bear it was to wake up at six in the morning, return to your hotel room by 10:00am, and then leaving after 2:30pm, plus a mileau of small things that just seemed to build up.

All that being said, Cambodia was amazing and host to one of the most incredible things I have ever laid eyes on: Angkor Wat, a temple complex spanning hundreds of acres, that days back to the 8th and 9th centuries (AD). Words cannot describe it, so I will let my photos speak for themselves.

Speaking of photos - the chance I had in Bangkok to post the ones I did was a fluke. The rest will be posted when I return and have the time (now that I am officially unemployed) to do so.

But alas, I have spent too much time already here and we need to go. We are now in Vietnam, as I mentioned earlier, Hoi An to be precise, with some of my closest friends Loc and Tania. Loc is from Vietnam and has planned an amazing 14-day tour of his homeland for us. So far we have been to Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and now Hoi An.

More will be told when I have time. There is shopping and site-seeing to do!

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Thanks for posting at all on such a busy trip!! It's wonderful to live vicariously through you two on this great adventure!! Stay safe and I hope to see you guys soon.

Kir



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