But Cambodia is amazingly beautiful (also feels much safer than I previously expected). The internet connections are terrible though so I'm gonna keep this short...
Was back in Bangkok for a few hours before I left for Cambodia and I saw the strangest thing...I was walking through the same area where I tried to sell some t-shirts to the "We Buy Everything" stands and get this...THEY CHANGED THEIR NAME...to "We buy and sell some things". I swear. Pictures to prove it in a few days (do you think they read my blog??).
(this message was composed on Thu, Apr 1, 2004)
Did you leave Texas yet? and did you go on that trip that you and MKG were planning? if you haven't already, then you should, you still got time. how bout the ladies? don't be afraid to take some chances.
In response to myself...Yes, I left Texas. Yes, I went on the trip (sans MKG). And well, I miss the Texas women.
Off to motodup around Battambang! (ps...I didn't see any speedboat options to get here like the article mentions...my ride in the slow, but fairly comfortable, boat took just over 6 hours.)
update: Other random notes:
Left hand turns at 4 way intersections here are chaos...I only made 3 the whole day.
Despite all of our problems with the war in Iraq, etc...US military clothing is somewhat of a fashion statement abroad. Anything that's in camouflage or has ARMY or NAVY on it seems to be pretty trendy. Stange, huh?
Getting anything to drink besides a Coke or a water here is almost impossible. A few times I've pointed directly to some foreign fruit drink and the people simply refuse to give it to me...they just bring me a Coke instead.
When I was much younger (say 13-14) there used to be this show on TV called "World Games" or something like that. On the show they featured sports like "Buka Ball" and another one that was a cross between hacky sack and badminton. Point is, I never thought I'd see these games played live.
Lastly, in response to a girl who questioned why anyone would ever want to rent a moped (aka motodup, aka scooter, etc) in a foreign country knowing that (mom don't read this) they're the #1 killer of tourists...well besides the fact that they're fun/exciting/challenging (and that I didn't know they were the #1 killer...I would have thought it would have been some form of STD) I have this crazy belief that some day I'll be wandering along the streets of some big city (ex: Rome) and I'll come across this injured person who will be in desperate need of help and I have to get them to the hospital ASAP. The only option is to use the scooter nearby to get this person to safety. And as anyone who's been to Rome knows, traffic is crazy there...so I need to get in all the practice I can. That's why.
Based on the look she gave me I don't think she could relate.