OK, after a combination of short stops, no Internet, and our WordPress program malfunctioning, we’ve been offline for awhile. But all is good, we’re still healthy, and we’re back online. Here’s the quick story: from our last real post in Kampot we went a little further southeast to Kep, where we languished for a couple of days at a beautiful resort not doing much of anything except reading at the pool and going into the local crab market to eat.
From there it was north to Phnom Penh for a couple days of errands, including picking up my new Kindle that had been shipped to the same hotel we stayed at a couple weeks earlier. I’m in heaven with a reader that actually works. (If you’re wondering, I’ve gotten stuck in the early 20th century: first I read Scott Lawrence’s new Lawrence in Arabia, then Margaret MacMillan’s history of the lead up to The Great War, The War that Ended Peace, and now I’m in Scott Berg’s biography of Woodrow Wilson, titled, interestingly, Wilson. And that still doesn’t get to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s new book about Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. I may never get out of those couple of decades.)
From Phnom Penh it was north to Kompong Cham, a town on the Mekong River, where we stayed in a hotel with the biggest, heaviest wooden furniture you’ve ever seen, before moving further north to Kratie (pronounced kra-cheh), which is one of the most memorable places I’ve ever been. We stayed at an isolated lodge on an island in the Mekong River, surrounded by a genuinely local village. It was about as far off the beaten path as you could ever imagine. So far off, in fact, that the Internet hasn’t found it yet!
Those were all pretty short stays – a day or two in each – but now we’ve landed in Banlung, up in the northeast corner of Cambodia, for four days; we’ll definitely post pictures from here tomorrow. Though we’ve been loving Cambodia, this may be our last stop in Cambodia, as we’re now nearing the border of Laos. The travelers we’ve met coming south have loved Laos, so we’re pretty excited about getting up there.