The Hunt For Pencil Shavings

Our friend Brendan, while visiting us on the road in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was interested in visiting art galleries between temple hopping at Angkor Wat. He didn’t need to twist my arm but I was only window shopping (traveling for a year has its limits sadly!). We stopped at a funky hotel for a bite in their loungy art gallery that had works by several artists. I fell in love with larger than life pieces by Chan Dany. The mosaic-looking pieces were... Read More

Kep: A Vacation From Our Vacation

In Kep we got out and about a bit more than we did in Kampot. But only a bit more. Kep is a weird little town with not much to offer but fresh blue crab and a lovely place to relax. It’s located on the ocean, with stunning sunsets, and was founded by French colonialists sometime in the early 1900’s as a fashionable sea-side hang out. After independence, wealthy Cambodians continued the tradition. However, the flashy and flaunting ways... Read More

Bamboo Ride in Battambang

In Battambang, Cambodia, a small town that most tourists don’t go to, the bamboo train is a the top of the must-do list. Excited at first, I realized what I thought was going to be a bamboo train car was actually going to be a bamboo raft on the rails. Hmmm. I was less enthused about the hype. But on we went. And a bamboo raft it was with an engine from a cheap motorcycle to power it down the tracks. But my skepticism was totally misplaced. It was... Read More