Dear sweet heaven. I just looked at the last time I posted. JANUARY??? Well, dammit. That’s too much to catch up on! Can I play my blogging start-over card, please? No? Okay, how about a super-quick bulleted list catch-up, then a start-over? Ok? Ok. Thanks. (shhh… i’m not even going to edit this… just get it posted already…)
Here’s a list of some of the places I’ve gone, things I’ve done, people I’ve traveled with over the past 2+months:
- I went to Lazy Beach out on Koh Rong Samloem with SLT1 and A.
- I traveled solo to Siem Reap, including a trip to Koh Ker and Beng Melea (intentionally avoiding some of the major temples near Angkor Wat as I knew they’d be on the agenda in the near future).
- I headed back out to Lazy Beach with SLT1, A, and A’s sister, Iron Squid (long story…).
- Right from there, we went to Tatai for river swimming, SUPing, and jungle trekking.
- A couple of days later, I flew to JAPAN! to meet up with my sister. I’ve gotta say a bit more about this, though…. But I’ll stay with a brief list. We hit both Tokyo and Kyoto, and here are just a few of the things I loved about this country:
- The organized, clean chaos of the big city (such a difference from PP)
- The beauty of the fabrics
- The lovely people
- The greenery around Kyoto
- The ramen
- The sushi (fatty tuna=fish butter… mmmm….)
- The ramen
- The soba
- The ramen
- The udon
- The okonomiyaki (how had I not even heard of this before?)
- The sushi
- The Ghibli Museum
- The Kabuki-za theater
- The parks
- The otaku culture
- The temples (so different, too!)
- THE PUBLIC BATHS, especially Kurama Onsen
- The ramen
- Seriously, I dream about the ramen. Maybe it was the roasted pork, but daaaaaaaaaamn. Sis says she’s going to open a vending machine ramen counter where she lives. I plan to live in the upstairs apartment (not that I’ve thought about this much – ha!).
- And even though the ramen was that good, the best part was spending time with my sissypants. Damn, I love that gal…
- Several days later I welcomed my first visitor from the U.S.! This is an immense journey to make, and A² had some airline issues that made it even more immensely immense. But once he and (eventually) his luggage arrived, we got in some memorable travels:
- We headed up to Siem Reap and did the temple tour thing, proving to me that I could still be “wowed” by and really enjoy temples (even if I did lose my phone – oops!).
- We hit some of the touristy things in Phnom Penh that I’ve been putting off, like the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom.
- We took the train down to Kampot, rented motos to ride up Bokor Mountain, and drove over to Kep for crab and to eventually report a missing moto (another long story – let’s grab a beer sometime and I’ll tell you all about it!).
- Then we took the bus to Sihanoukville for the night before heading back over to Koh Rong Samloem, this time starting on Sunset Beach. A² spent the days diving to get his open water cert (an impressive undertaking!), and I spent them hiking the trail to hang with SLT1 and A at Saracen Bay and Lazy Beach (equally as productive, right?).
- Next we took a tiny (FAST, BUMPY) boat ride over to Lazy Beach for a couple more days before heading back to Phnom Penh.
- While I know this trip wasn’t easy (and certainly not as a first international trip!), I can barely express my gratitude at being able to share this place with someone from another one of my “home”s.
Now the last couple of days I’ve just been lazypants. To the extreme. The first day after A² left, I was actually too lazy (and maybe experiencing some travel/visit-ending let-down) to even go to the theatre to watch movies. Yep. Wow.
But now I’m feeling rejuvenated and ready to jump back in to life in Phnom Penh.
And maybe actually process some things rather than just running in to them head-first non-stop…