Dead Fish, Beer, and Dancing in Siem Reap

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Dead Fish Tower - Set 2 and 4..notice the Friskies-like fishish pate on the far left

It´s an amazing experience to meet people while traveling.  I think the foreign setting makes everything and everyone just seem more intriguing, adventurous, and exotic...kind of like beer goggles without the beer.  In any case, you can at least appreciate the likeminded interests in exploration. 

Being in a very foreign country (relatively for me), it was great to meet a fellow traveler (and English speaker), while admiring the "iconic" crocodylic tree in Tomb Raider´s Ta Prohm temple.  (Meeting wonderful people while traveling is one thing that makes traveling interesting for me.)  After an afternoon of independent, self-exploring temple tramping, we had decided to meet up for dinner in Siem Reap after much needed showers (aka dust removal).

Dead Fish Tower - suspended dining platforms / dinners of death
  There´s nothing like not having to eat dinner by yourself!

Thanks to Lonely Planet, we decided to try the curiously named Dead Fish Tower, which also advertised apsara (traditional Cambodian) dancing.  Dead Fish Tower is a wonderfully and visually stimulating restaurant with multiple, suspended layers where people dine sitting on the ground.  It is either a testament to the architectural synergy of function and form, or a lawsuit waiting to happen...I was thinking how easy it would be to stumble down a story or two off one of the narrow gang planks masquerading as a walkway. 

In any case, the wait staff was attentive if not accurate.  I think Mike and I ordered Taster Sets 1 and 4 and ended up getting 2 and 4.

Mike rocking out with the cat food
  Okay, well, 50% isn´t that bad.  And they definitely were eager to serve when I ordered more beer and got an ashtray.  Not liking spicy food in Southeast Asia is not a good thing if you actually want to eat something.  Set 4 had some non-spicy, tasty food but Set 2 was absolutely hair-growing-on-chest fare.  I think there was something that tasted like catfood that Mike was able to get down about half of, which I was very impressed with.  After a day of walking, I was still hungry but had decided that my culinary adventure was over for the day and ordered chicken pad thai...something nice and western.  Of course, my pad thai did not come out for ages and then they decided to give my chicken pad thai to our neighbors (who had ordered shrimp pad thai) and me, already cold, pork pad thai.
Dead Fish Tower - Awesome cover band
  The whole thing could have been an utter mess except that me and Mike were having too much fun laughing about our anthology of lost in translation moments and for the fact that there are workers there whose sole job is to bring the check and they are dressed like a cross between a sailor and a Canadian mountie.  In the end, there was one lone apsara dancer who stopped dancing about 5 minutes after we arrived and then a small trio came out to play rock hits from the 80s and 90s (I´m talking Oasis, Radiohead, and Sixpence None the Richer). 

After the great dining experience, we decided to partake in more aptly named Angkor Beer at Dragon Soup, my favorite haunt from the night before.  Angkor Beer is probably the Cambodian equivalent of Chang Beer, but the label has such a nice picture of Angkor Wat on it!  After a few too many beers, we decided to move it down to the also aptly named Temple Bar where we danced to a wide assortment of music including Spice Girls and German house - I think you can guess which songs I was dancing to.  Then, I just near about passed out from being up since sunrise, even though I was getting a late(r) start the next morning (8am).

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Mike rocking out with the cat food
Mike rocking out with the cat food
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Dead Fish Tower - Awesome cover b…
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Walkway/plank of death!
Walkway/plank of death!
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Beautiful Angkor Beer, a close re…
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