Dead Fish, Beer, and Dancing in Siem Reap
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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).
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.
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).