Siem Reap Living

Crossing the street

Sometimes it is daunting with scooters, cars, tuktuks, bicycles, trucks. But the tourists are a brave bunch. Best advice from Khmer friend. Once you start don’t stop Siem Reap is much easier to navigate than Phnom Penh. Still pedestrian crossings are suggestions only. Traffic lights obeyed most of the time.

Dinner at Khmer Grill

Just down the street from my place is a wonderful side street with so many restaurants, bars and cafes. Welcome to dining at Khmer Grill Another wonderful place around the corner from some place you know.

morning times

I decided to get my laundry done today. So if I get it downstairs by 8am there is a chance to get it back by tonight. I don’t know it really matters. There is a comfortable couch downstairs I have been meaning to try and then the morning always seems like it is wanting a photo. So my street is a combination dirt road and some pavement. The sky is a combination of beautiful morning with these wonderful clouds dashing across Siem Reap. So now I sit downstairs and I watch other people staying here come and go. Early risers...

Out for a walk today

Beautiful warm day out so I went out. Took turns down some streets perhaps I have not walked before but still ended up back at Siem Reap River. Funny how that works.

The morning presents itself

Good morning and Siem Reap gives us all a nice day to start with. A blank slate of a thing to fill with our heart’s desires. Today a good thing happens. I have lunch with a beautiful Khmer woman who I get to see every so often. I’ve taken her out a number of times before and she still wants to see me. I don’t understand it either but I like it. So now I sit with the morning coffee, curtains wide open to see the blue skies come drawing no clouds at all today. Sometimes our mornings have little...

Across the Street

Over by the Old Market just about are small stands that sell a combination of food and drinks. These stands will give a plate of fried rice with chicken, pork, or beef for $1. I have done that a few times after perhaps a few too many beers when hunger strikes. My favorite though on warm Siem Reap days are the juice stands. This photo kinda gets a few. A fresh mango shake will be $1 and the nice lady now brings to this bench I sit in. I tip her $0.25 because she has a nice smile and laughs...

Sometimes the stars align in an Airbnb

I’ve stayed in a few Airbnb places. Normally as I go I will just rent a room and not an entire apartment or loft or whatever. I’ve lived in a room either small or bigger since 2014. It has never been difficult or even demeaning to share a house with other guests or the host. I’ve met a wonderful Mexican chef Alex who made homemade Mexican sushi for us in Puerto Vallarta Mexico and a friend that became family with Van in Hanoi. Each time, something came to the forefront mostly good. Sometimes something less. I’ve never just left a...

Back to Siem Reap

Well hello! How are you? I got back yesterday afternoon on the bus and then got the tuktuk from bus terminal to my new digs. This airbnb is located almost downtown and it takes me all of 5 minutes to walk to Pub Street if I desire. Today I get to meet my friend Mike and some Khmer friends at Sister Srey Cafe for some coffee and then the incomparable and beautiful Fara for lunch or coffee later in the day. I also am kinda back to wanting to record the day to day stuff but sometimes it feels like...

daily Siem Reap

Daily notes but no photos yet. This post will continue through evening and be posted then. Things today brought to light that were in darkness. Basic computer class is very important to learn skills so my friend Lina can find work. Many jobs require basic literacy on the computer and they use the requirement to “raise the bar” for hiring. To get a basic class costs more than what she has. Life in Cambodia is sort of at this digital crossroads where learning basic computer skills can lead to new positions. Today I helped her to be able to compete...

last weekend this time in Siem Reap

Wow! Seems like a month went by. I lost track of the days last week. This week i will take care of my laundry at a next day service for $1 and head to Giant Ibis bus station Wednesday. It takes about 6 hours or so to get to Phnom Penh. I’ll be posting a few last photos into my Siem Reap living project and then taking more daily photos back in Phnom Penh. I managed to get some really nice walks in the rural areas here the last month plus just renewing the acquaintance with the city, restaurants, coffee...