By all accounts I should not even be aware of such an important discovery as 50 cent beer in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I should be in San Francisco presenting my research. But changes to the surgery schedule and other factors all reached a perfect storm of sorts and that canceled my trip and left we with an open weekend on Hari Raya holiday. No America this weekend, for me. Seeing how I feel about the Know Nothing Party….strike that, the Tea Party…maybe this is not such a bad thing.Cambodia has been amazing for only the few hours I have enjoyed it. Here are a few first impressions, for any family members who might be reading this.
- The air is so much cooler than Singapore. This is literally the perfect temperature!
- The entire town of Siem Reap smells of food at night. Everywhere you go delicious smells.
- Cambodian's might possibly be the nicest people in the world! And with such a friendly disposition, the service is simply outstanding.
- Exchange rate differences mean your dollar goes a long, long way. My feast tonight was $10. I feel a bit guilty, to be honest.
- My first sight of Angkor Wat was quite an impression. Such a stunning site!
There are just a few ideas to get you started.Dinner was fresh spring rolls, beef BBQ with this sweet chili dip which was not spicy, and chicken amok. You can catch a glimpse of what I thought was a fabulous meal, a place called Traditional Khmer in an alley parallel to Pub Street, here. Tomorrow is culinary school ($25, again making me feel guilty) where I learn to cook these yummy things. Before that I visit Ta Prohm of Laura Croft movie fame. I am staying at Tara Angkor and you can see a few views here.