An ancient drum at Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh

There is an expression in German that if you want someone to get lost, you tell them to “go where the pepper grows”. I have always been intrigued to find out where this mysterious place is (so I can send Chris there) and now I know – it is a small town in southern Cambodia, Read More →

Health & Safety? Pah!

This week I am taking part in Hostelbookers 7 super-shots challenge. The idea is to search through all my travel photos and find favorites that fit within the seven categories below. I’ll then be nominating 5 other travel bloggers to do the same. So here goes: 1. A photo that…takes my breath away 2. A Read More →

Wat Phnom (“Hill temple”) is one of Phnom Penh’s most significant sights. It is here that the city of Phnom Penh (“Penh’s Hill”) was founded in 1373. Legend has it that Daun Penh, a wealthy widow, found a large koki tree in the river. Inside the tree she found four bronze statues of the Buddha. Read More →

Today marks the birthday of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni (full title Preah Karuna Preah Bat Sâmdach Preah Bâromneath Norodom Sihamoni Nai Preah Reacheanachak Kampuchea, roughly translating as His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia). The King turned 59 this year, meaning he was born roughly when Britain’s own Queen (full title Her Read More →

Yesterday officially marked the beginning of the rice growing season which is celebrated with the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. It also marks the beginning of the rainy season and boy did it rain. Two hours of rain in the afternoon was enough to flood the roads and without a decent drainage system in place my usual Read More →

Our six month placements finish at the end of April meaning we were on the verge of booking flights home when….we got offered the chance to stick around and try our hands at consultancy (sooo ex-civil service!). So given the chance to stay a little longer in Cambodia, surrounded by the world’s smiliest people, who Read More →