Bye Bye Carol and Nicola - Now we can rest!
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After checking out at 12pm, we had to say our sad goodbyes to Carol and Nicola, who were catching an afternoon flight back home. It has been great to see them again and they have made excellent world travellers. They are now returning to work for a rest.
Our tuk-tuk driver took us to a guesthouse in the centre of Siem Reap where we will stay for the next few days. He told us about a party at our guesthouse tonight with free beer, and that we should come along (today is the first day of the Cambodian New Year festival which lasts for the next three or four days).
We were very tired after the pace of the last few days, so didn't do much for the rest of the day. During the evening we went down to our guesthouse's restaurant and ordered some food. We were each given a beer and there was lots of toasting to the new year. Unfortunately, by the time we were given our second beer we could hardly keep our eyes open. Free beer and we were unable to take advantage. We watched the Khmer dancing that was on the TV as part of the party - it was very interesting to watch. The Khmers dance with a partner as part of a big circle which constantly moves around, and there are lots of set dances to particular songs, with very graceful hand movements. We are sure if Westerners tried it they would end up looking a bit demented. It was good to see music and dance being such an integral part of Cambodian life, particularly after the Pol Pot regime systematically executed dancers, teachers, and musicians, with very few surviving.