Well, we thought that we would be able to do more blog posts while traveling, but it seems that the internet connection is very slow and we would rather spend our time enjoying the sights rather than sitting at a computer. So we are sorry that this is only the second blog entry. We will try to be better at blogging more frequently.
Since our last post, we traveled from Saigon to have a rural homestay experience in a village called Vihn Long in the Mekong Delta. We slept under a mosquito net in an open air room. At least there was running water, though! We woke up early the next day and traveled on the back of motorbikes for 2 hours to Can Tho. The ride was exhilerating, as long as we did not think of the danger (Mom and Dad, we wore helmets). As we have said before the traffic here is chaotic at best. We even got some video footage of the crazy ride. In Can Tho we enjoyed a private tour with another couple, Matt (Kiwi) and Ethlen (Irish), of the Cai Raing floating market. Vietnamese sell their veggies and fruits out of their boats on the Mekong. It was quite interesting. They even had vegetable billboards; the veggies and fruits available for purchase were dangling from a pole so you could see exactly what everyone was selling.
Two days ago, we crossed the border into Cambodia. We took an 8 hour boat and bus ride from Chau Doc, Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the capitial city. It was a long day with hard wood seats, blazing sun and a raining downpour but there were incredible sights along the way and we met another great couple from Belgium, Maxim and Julie, who we have hung out with here in Phnom Penh.
Cambodia seems very similar to Vietnam. The people are very friendly but very pushy about buying their wares. Everytime we walk out of a building, the first thing we hear is “You want tuk tuk?” We did find a great tuk tuk driver and guide, Lux, the first night that we have used every day to take us around the city. We got to see all the sights including the Killing Fields, S-21, Wat Phnom, Royal Palace, and the Silver Pagoda. We even had lunch with Lux and found out that he has an older brother living in the US studying at Ohio University.
Chris and I have said many times that some of the things that we have seen on this trip would be very shocking if we had not had our Peace Corps experience and traveled in South America. Some people are very poor and live in shacks in the middle of a trash heap. We have seen kids playing in trash along the sides of the road. This makes us very thankful for all the wonderful blessings and opportunites we have had in our lives.
Today we head out on a six hour bus ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Angkor Wat. We are having a hard time uploading our pictures with the slow internet connection, so we won’t be able to post any pictures with this blog entry. 🙁 Sorry. Just know that we are taking LOTS of photos (and videos) that we would love to share and we hope to make them accessible at a later date.
We are having the time of our lives and sometimes still can’t believe that we are actually here in Asia. This has been a wonderful experience together and a great way to celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss. So, we are signing off for now…