Sunday, February 01, 2004

Not much has been going on the last couple days. The night of my last post was probably the most eventful was the last night in Phnom Penh and Shaul wasn't sick anymore so we went out for some decent food (by decent I mean spending $5 on a meal instead of $1) then to some bars. I played pool for awhile at a bar and the girls working at the bar kicked my ass, then I beat some 40yr old german guy twice in a row and regained my dignity. It was just a really strange experience...we were in a bar in cambodia listening to American pop music, drinking cheap Thai beer, and playing pool against Khmer girls and some old german guy. After we got tired of that bar we went to another bar called "Heart of Darkness" which i really wanted to go to because I love that book. It was pretty trendy, and there were a lot of old white guys with young Khmer girls...a cambodian girl came up and talked to us (by talk I mean flirt) and we said we're from america, and she said her old boyfriend is from america, and pulls out a picture from her wallet and it is a middle-aged fat white guy...after that we just decided to leave...went back to the hotel and went to sleep.

The next day we caught out plane to bangkok and were pretty happy to leave. We arrived in Bangkok, found a decent place to stay in the main backpacker's area (not israeli this time, and about half the price as before also) and hung out on the main road for the day. This time in bangkok we enjoyed it a lot more. The last time we were just so overwhelmed by everything going on, all the people trying to sell us things, etc. that it just annoyed us. But now after travelling for awhile we are pretty used to it, so we enjoyed things a lot more. We shopped around the street for awhile, I bought a couple souvenir t-shirts, and I bought a book at a used bookstore, Cryptomonicon, so far it's great...900 pages and i'm already half-way through it. Also, that night we went to Shaul's cousin's for friday night dinner, and it was great to have a home-cooked meal, or at least a multi-course one, for probably the first time since i've been home. Later we went back to the main road and ran into a Dutch guy we had hung out with for awhile on Ko Samet. So the three of us barhopped the rest of the night. We both spend the next day just sitting in our room reading because we needed a break from sightseeing. Last night we met up again and went to a pretty cool jazz club in a different part of the city. The music was pretty good, until they had Thai people trying to sing some Soul songs...think little Thai girl trying to belt out Aretha Franklin's "Respect."

Anyway, today we flew to Saigon from Bangkok, and we've been trying to figure out what to do while we're in vietnam. We'll probably take a boat tour of the Mekong Delta, then head up to the beaches. Tonight and tomorrow though, we're hanging out in Saigon.

Also, I've been uploading my pictures while writing this. Didn't get them all uploaded, but I got about 117 up. Click here to see pics from Ethiopia, Thailand, and Cambodia. Hopefully that works.


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