After a rough morning of confronting the unspeakable horrors
humans are capable of, we needed a chance to breathe and smile again. After
lunch, we headed out on our own in Phnom
Penh to take in some sites. We first hit up the GrandPalace
and had a good time marveling at the exquisite architecture and stunningly
beautiful buildings. After that we walked over to the river side to set about
finding the Foreigner’s Correspondence Club, a namestay of Phonm Penh. Those
familiar with the Amazing Race may recognize the FCC as being a station on
Season , when racers had to get a clue from a gentleman seated in the FCC. We
had a nice cocktail overlooking the river and even spied an elephant traipsing
along below. Sort of random.
Our flight to Bangkok
wasn’t until 5 pm the next day, so we used our morning to go to the famous
‘Russian Market’, also featured on the Amazing Race as a road block where
contestants had to race around the hundreds of stalls looking for someone to
give them their clue. Ji bought a super nice ‘North Face’ backpack for $10 and
we found a few more souvenirs to round out our collection after that. We had a
good time and were glad to have another bag since we’re accumulating ‘stuff’ at
an alarming rate. With a 15 kilo weight limit for my pack and a last weigh in
of 14.7 kgs, it was a purchase of necessity.
We made our way to the airport, caught our flight to Bangkok, took the bus to
Khao San road, and then started trudging off looking for our guesthouse. 20
minutes later we finally found it, much further out than what I was expecting.
We dropped the packs and headed back to Khao San to get an up-close look at
hedonism manifested. It was so odd to see so many foreigners packed in like
sardines onto this one road. We branched off into one of the side streets and finally
settled down for dinner with Ji noting that two of the ‘women’ working at the
restaurant were in fact, not women. Back
to the guesthouse and our day was done. Bangkok
awaited us in the morn.
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