today marks a big milestone in my trip: i have now been away for 100 days. sounds pretty crazy to me, but overall it went by really fast, and really well. i have 134 more days to go, and I’m sure when it’s all over I’ll want more days ahead…
we are now in Sihanoukville, at a lovely resort with an incredible pool, which we can see from our room. we’re a block away from the beach, and we love our hotel with it’s comfy cushion padded beach chairs but will be moving hotel tomorrow in order to partake in the “real” backpacker Sihanoukville experience.
after walking the beach yesterday (which is incredible) and having many happy hour cocktails we were invited to stay by “mama”(the owner of the place) at her hotel (upstairs from the bar) for $1. by this, i mean not per person, not per day. for $1. for everything. for as long as we want. somehow, sihanoukville is the mecca of free accomodation (the dollar is for electricity, or something) and the beach is lined with bars offering free rooms. i’m not sure how it works, or how stone the genius who came up with that idea was, but it’s pretty incredible. and if the weather clears up, we’ll be using our saved dollars for a snorkelling tour of three islands.
last night we had an awesome thunder storm, lightning light up the entire beach. today is still lots of gray sky and scary clouds, but at least it’s not raining… the sea here is “piss warm”(I’m not kidding, I’ve never been in such hot water) and seems like it would be of an incredible colour… if only the sun came out.
well, I’m off for a swim in the pool, and then for a walk on the beach followed by lazy hours in an inner tube in the sea. followed by cocktails, pool… such a hard life!
PS. what ever you do, if you play pool against a local, even if he’s 4, you will lose. and even if it’s a female drug dealer with a huge joint hanging out of her mouth. you’ll lose.