I am really missing cambodia right now :)
One of my very favorite things about Cambodia was the fruit shakes. EVERYwhere you go you can get a fresh fruit shake for 1$. they take the fresh fruit right off the cart in front of you and blend it up right there. They were SO good. Mango and pineapple were my favorite. I go places like this and realize that even though I hate to admit it- maybe I do love tropical places and warm weather because it means fresh cheap delicious fruit ALL YEAR LONG!!
here's a pic of the boys when they first tried it!!! zeb and ike's soccer outfits came from the market, too. They cost 8$ for the whole outfit. Their friends have them and they were so excited to get their own. Ike got Germany and a Messi set and Zeb stuck with Brazil like his dad.
we also got leg/foot massages at the market in downtown Siem Reap. They were also 1$. can I move to cambodia?!
I don't even know what this stuff was.
it's got to be a sea creature, right? I just have no idea. Our kiddos couldn't stand the smell long enough to find out.
It was so hard for me to see all the cheap fruits and veggies and know we were going to have to go back to japan where everything was so expensive :(
there is an area of Siem Reap full of tourist shops, restaurant, and even a few street shows :) This father/son duo was pretty cool.
Several people stopped and took pictures of this tuk-tuk full of crazy kiddos!!
I love markets and shopping. There is something so exciting and fun (and sometimes stressful) about searching and bargaining for the perfect souvenir!!! we got a cool wooden carving of a head from the Bayon ruins here at the night market.
I think miss metta looks like such a ragamuffin here! and I love it. we were so dirty and tired from all of the excitement.
Our last night we visited a small 'made in camboodia' market that guarantees their goods are handmade by locals (not just chinese imports). It was here we found one of our favorite purchases on the trip! This is a local artist who draws scenes from the temples. He used a simple cheap mechanical pencil to draw this!!! The Bayon temple was my favorite and I was so happy to find the picture.
the next few pictures are from "angkor wat". I have to admit- this temple was the least impressive to me and was kind of a let down after the hype! It was definitely amazing the morning of the race- and it is astounding- but it was crowded and over hyped :) I much preferred the less crowded and less roped off temples!!
I'm thinking metta got a little too close to this one!!!
The views up top were so so. still too hot and bright :)
There's a temple a ways outside (I think it was called Bantey Srei) of Siem Reap that we also visited. This place had the most intricate and astounding small carvings. Mack wasn't impressed. He just wanted to play in the red dirt.
On our last day in Cambodia- we took a boat ride out to Tonle Sap. It's a fishing village that is located on the water. the houses, schools, and stores float.
Cambodians are some of the friendliest and happiest people I've come across. I loved their country, their food, and their hospitality!!
The very last thing we did- before heading to the airport- was take a giant stationary air balloon up into the sky to give a farewell to Siem Reap!
Our days in cambodia were unreal!! I would LOVE to go back one day and see other parts of this country.