It's been a whirlwind two days with the flight to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh, plus Zenfolio was down for a day, so I couldn't add to the blog. Add to that, the wonderful Angkor Holiday Hotel in Siem Reap doesn't exactly have blazing wifi, and I've got about a 1K photo backlog.
Anyway, after our morning in PP, we cleaned up, checked out of the hotel, jammed all six of us into another safe and comfortable tuk-tuk, and went to lunch at the Khmer Surin restaurant where we enjoyed more local cuisine. The youngest among us have had fun trying all of the exotic juices and freezes made here with just about every fruit imaginable. I've been expanding my beer bandwidth with the likes of Cambodia, Angkor, and Lao Beers.
The transfer to the airport was seamless--great job by Intrepid Travel again--and we made it to the airport plenty early. The flight was a little late, too, so the cadets got a chance to nap on the huge couch at the airport by a coffee shop, while I did what I do with every free minute--post-process photos or write. Rebecca Black from the Embassy (USAID) was on our flight, too, so we had a chance to chat again. She was going to Siem Reap for a health/disease conference. Apparently (and this isn't comforting) Cambodia is a veritable hot-bed of infectious, drug-resistant diseases and thus a favorite place for researchers.
Our flight landed (with unusual "authority") in light rain and our Intrepid guide, Kean, was there to greet us as we walked out from the terminal. From there, it was about a 15 minute van ride to the hotel, a snappy check-in, and we were on our way via tuk-tuk to dinner at Annadya. We used dinner to cover the next day's plan, scowl at some drunken Australians, and get to know each other. The quick way to share the photos is via a slide slow, so here it is!