Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

fried spiders

Posted by Hippo Bean at 10:03 PM
Today a whole day ride to Siem Reap, home of the angkorian temples. Stopped briefly at a village that sold fried every insect: spiders, ants, cochroaches, grasshoppers, you name it, and if you can catch it, it's fried. So many and all horrid looking and Borey said they might not be fresh. nonetheless, we bought 2 fried spiders and shared them among a few of us. the legs were crunchy and maybe because they werent fried that morning, werent all that tasty. The body I only nibbled a bit since Borey said it was a pregnant spider. so much for tasting fried insects!

lunch was by the tonle lake in the dead center of the country. a wonderful place with huts on the water's edge. had the chicken in banana leaf and it was deliciously savory. love the food here. We stopped to photograph the oldest angorian bridge which was made in red sandstone with serpents as ballustrade, before arriving at our hotel in Siem Reap. i was given the presidential suite on the top corner floor with a small balcony that overlooked the street at the front of the hotel. what luck. the top floor pool was inviting and it offered plain views of the town. The night market was just next to the hotel.

dinner was a buffet at the Koulen Restaurant with traditional cambodian/khmer songs and dance. They were a tad better than the laotian ones. I like the music/melodies better than the dances, which were slow with mostly slow hand movements (they curled their palms and fingers backwards just like the laotian ones) but with more body moves. i loved the buffet although the others claimed it was the worst they've had so far on the trip. i think it's because, although it offered western food, such as pizza, spaghetti, hamburgers, french fries, they were sub-par, there were more asian food. lots of noodles (even custom made noodle soup with your choice of type of noodles), rice and curries, and even bean desserts, that westerners were not accustomed to. For me, the food was heavenly. Tummy full and happy we chose to walk back to the hotel instead of tuk tuk.

Will leave the Night Market, which was just around the corner of the hotel, to tomorrow night. Felt asleep with impatience for the morning to come because when I wake up I'd say hello to angkor wat.

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