Sunrise on Empire

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Dave, Helen and Abigail at the Temple Club.

So there we were, it was past midnight and we were celebrating the building of two houses for poor Cambodian families and collection 30.000 British Pounds for MAG on top of that. So, we had every right to party. And party we did. When the crowds in the street of Pub Street started to disperse we decided to go next door to the Temple Club. It had it all. Loud music, laser beams, smoke, cheap drinks, T-shirt, raised platforms to dance on ... the works. We had to be back in the hotel at 4:30 AM to go and see the sun rise over Angkor Wat and decided that we might as well party until that time. No sleep 'til Angkor!

At 4 AM we took a couple of tuk tuks back to the hotel and waited for the buss to arrive. Martina initially didn't want to go anymore and it took a bit of convincing (read: picking her up and carrying her on the bus despite her wining) to get her to join.

Party time at the Temple Club.
Some of the volunteers that did get some sleep joined us too and at 4:30 AM we were off to the temple. In the middle of the night we had our pictures taken and day passes made. As you can imagine, the general tipsiness resulted in some quite hilarious shots. And then we made our way through the dark to a place I had been five years ago ...

Angkor Wat is without a doubt the most impressive temple of the Angkor empire. The sunrises can be magical here, but today's was a lot less impressive than the one I saw five years ago. The sky did not turn purple this day and not carrying a tripod, most of my pictures came out quite horrible. We still had fun though and after the sun had come up I had a coffee with Kat at one of the stalls in an attempt to stay awake.

At 7:30 we had gathered again at the start of the causeway.

Martina and Steve boogy down.
Martina was waiting for me with a grin and a most cynical 'Thank you Ed for dragging me out to this most amazing sunset!'. Some of us hadn't actually managed to stay awake and had fallen asleep in the bus or the grass somewhere. But when we were all back together we made our way back to the hotel while Brett launched into a most hilarious tour guide parody, just before collapsing into a semi-coma.

After breakfast at the Lotus Lodge the fatigue got the better of me. Too little sleep seems to make me slip into a weird semi-conscious state of paranoia. It was high time to go to bed and I caught some hours of sleep before getting up in time to say goodbye to the group members that were flying back today. Many hugs (yeay!) and warm wishes were exchanged and we all promised to stay in touch.

Party time at the Temple Club.

After having a snack for lunch I grabbed one of the hotels bicycles and made my way into Central Siem Reap. It was about time for a massage now. I had planned on having a massage at the Seeing Hands that train blind people to perform massages. They also make 'house calls' at our hotel but could not perform oil massages there because it messed up the bed sheets. I therefore decided to head to their own massage parlour. I really shouldn't have bothered. The place was being renovated (resulting in a lot of noise) and no oil massages were available here either. An albino guy gave me a good massage though, which included him actually walking across my back ('this heavy sir?')! A was slightly put off by his question if I had a girlfriend for tonight and if not should he arrange one for me? Sexcuse me? No thank you!

Back in the hotel I met up with the remaining volunteers plus Martina's friend Andy and Bryan's daughter Anna, who works in Phnom Penh as a teacher.

Not quite sure if you are supposed to drink a pincher like this ...
Instead of heaving another Khmer dinner we decided to head for the Viva! restaurant and have some Mexican food. Before eating Martina, Andy and I went out into the old market for some more bargaining for souvenirs. Although I was getting quite tired by now it was a nice dinner and back at the hotel I said goodbye to those who would leave on an early flight tomorrow. Quite a weird feeling to have everyone disappearing one by one and stay behind ...

Biedjee says:
I had a seeing hands massage in China - the best one I'd had this trip!
Posted on: Dec 04, 2010
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Dave, Helen and Abigail at the Tem…
Dave, Helen and Abigail at the Te…
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Martina and Steve boogy down.
Martina and Steve boogy down.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Not quite sure if you are supposed…
Not quite sure if you are suppose…
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Martina and Kat at the Temple Club.
Martina and Kat at the Temple Club.
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Kat and Brett exchanging strawber…
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Brett and Tina.
Brett and Tina.
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Steve, Tina, Rith and Martina at …
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Dave and Martina at the Temple Clu…
Dave and Martina at the Temple Cl…
Helen, Abigail and Kat at the Temp…
Helen, Abigail and Kat at the Tem…
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
Party time at the Temple Club.
So this is where you sleep at nigh…
So this is where you sleep at nig…
Sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Sunrise over Angkor Wat.
Sunrise over Angkor Wat.
Repeating the pose I took 5 years …
Repeating the pose I took 5 years…
Angkor Wats causeway.
Angkor Wat's causeway.
Brett dropping into a semi-coma.
Brett dropping into a semi-coma.
Dinner at Viva with Andy, Martina,…
Dinner at Viva with Andy, Martina…
Dinner at Viva with Andy, Martina,…
Dinner at Viva with Andy, Martina…
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