4/23/12 - 4/23/12 91 °F
I was born and raised in the American south ("American by birth, southern by the Grace of God") but have lived in Minnesota for one incredibly cold and snowy winter - 5 months of winter at that (what I wouldn't give for those temperatures right about now!) and in China for around six years. I have lost most of my southern accent and speak pretty standard English, which is very useful to have as an English teacher living outside of the US. But I must admit - I'm a redneck.
What I mean is, I'm a redneck NOW. I have a very red neck from the powerful sun in Cambodia! Every day before going out, I slather my face, arms and legs in 30 SPF sunscreen, but yesterday I seemed to miss the back of my neck. I tried adding more today, but it's still red. I guess I'd do my brother proud right about now.
The rest of me is blissfully burn-free, so the sunscreen is working. I bought a new bottle before I came here and it must be at least half gone now. I hope I have enough to last me the next four days.
I'm going to try to add some more pictures from Angkor Wat now. Less talk, more pictures!
I was really planning to send blog updates every day but there are a couple of reasons why that hasn't worked out. First and foremost, when I've been trying to upload pictures at night, I've apparently being using the computer at the same time as everyone else in the hotel. I could get to the screen where I could choose pictures to be uploaded, but then...nothing else happened. I tried nearly every morning and night I've been here to upload pictures and finally had some luck with it this morning before breakfast. But around 9:00, it once again became impossible to upload anything. Secondly, I had no idea just how wiped out I would be each and every day when I returned to my hotel. It is HOT here, so hot that two showers a day is not unreasonable. By the time I would get to my hotel at night and take a shower, I was too tired to do much else. I usually ended up laying my still wet head on the pillow and dropping off to sleep.
For those of you who find the hot weather as hard to deal with as I do, I say "don't come to Cambodia in April." But I also say, "you must come to Cambodia!" It is one of the most interesting places I've ever had the pleasure to visit and the people here are so kind. I'll leave you until the next post. I have many more pictures for you!