Inside Mekong Bus Express
I woke up early to picked up by a transfer van of Mekong Express, the bus company where i purchased my ticket the day earlier, and five minutes after, we were bound for Phnom Penh. It was my 29th birthday, and i would have wanted to spend it more productively, or should at least memorably so I thought of going to the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum as soon as I arrived. That way I was sure I'd never forget. My seatmate in the bus was a Cambodian yuppie, and he made the 6 hour trip to PP seem too short. He talked non stop about Cambodian culture in general, and how until now the country was coping up with the war atrocities from PolPot's regime. Not a single family in Cambodia has had at least one death in the family due to the civil war. Most still wonder how it all came to be in the first place. Despite it all, he still thought that the Khmers were blessed because of the continuous influx of tourists that come to Angkor. Angkor was one thing they will all forever be proud of he says. After a few hours of talking, i couldn't help but tell him that today was my birthday, he got quite excited and even encouraged me to eat at least 1 fried bug among the dozens sold during the stopover at Kampong Thom. Spiders, giant bugs, starfish, grasshoppers were sold in the sidewalk stalls. No way in my life would i want a taste of the showcased delicacies haha, so i settled for a cup of ice cream from a nearby grocery instead.