Well, long time no blog. Sorry about that, but we were just enjoying some quiet time, and the next thing you know, it's time to leave China, and head off to Cambodia! Before we get to that, some quick notes on our final time in the great country of China.
On our final morning at the Outside Inn (which we would greatly recommend), we were having breakfast outside, and found ourselves in a long conversation with a woman named Chloe, who hails from Shanghai (by way of York, England). She was a font of information about almost all the countries we are planning on seeing, as she and her husband and two children, have been to almost all of them, it seems. Her husband has worked for the British Embassy in many countries. Right now they are in Shanghai. He has taken a break from his work, so Chloe is teaching high school Science, and really loving Shanghai. We must have talked to her for close to 90 minutes. We have met so many interesting people already on the trip, and they all have great stories to tell. After saying goodbye, we got on the bus from Yangshuo to Guilin, grabbed a cab, and were dropped off at our last stay in China, the Vienna Hotel.
"Should we get this?" "No!"
So we ordered a few other dishes, including a whole chicken that came wrapped in some sort of green leaf, and inside a loaf of bread.
Phew! Phnom Penh, Phinally!
We all slept well that night, and this morning, we awoke to our first full day in Phnom Penh. We had a terrific breakfast on the patio, overlooking the swimming pool. We had decided that today we were going to brave the heat (It was going to be another scorcher) and see the Royal Palace. No shorts or sleeveless shirts allowed, so it was going to be that much hotter! At first we thought we would walk there, then we came to our senses and hired a tuk tuk for $2.
p.s. one month and two countries down. 8 1/2 months and 14 countries to go! Hope you stick with us.