Our Vacation Weekend

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After a bit of a frustrating Friday that saw limited progress on the clinic because the welders were not on site, we headed off to Angkor Wat.

The entire ruins complex is incredible. We had a full day available because our flight was not until 8 on Saturday evening, so we asked the driver to take us on a mix of the short and long tours. We started the day by viewing a cloudy, but still incredible sunrise over Srah Srang, then had the entire ruin of Banteay Kdei to ourselves for a quick exploration. We then drove 20km to the northeast of Angkor Wat itself, winding through rice fields and countryside homes - the view of Cambodia that I think we all expected. 

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The day continued with more tomb raiding, lunch with our Tuk Tuk driver's brother-in-law, and complete saturation of sweat in all of our clothes. The level of detail in every temple was astounding. From the 300m of carvings surrounding Angkor Wat to the tiny details that were tucked into every corner across these massive complexes.

We fit a lot into our single day, seeing 5 major temples and countless smaller ones we felt we had been very successful. We went back into Siem Reap, found a bar that was playing an Australia-New Zealand rugby game, and had a few beers. We watched a brief, but heavy rain from the bar and then returned to the airport. 

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The rain in Siem Reap was nothing compared to the rain we saw upon returning to Phnom Penh. Thom, our local Tuk Tuk driver, kindly picked us up at the airport, which was a remarkable decision considering how badly it was raining. He stayed out front on his motorbike, while we sat cocooned in the rain protected cabin that he zippered closed for us. We couldn't see anything. The rain was absolutely pouring down and while driving through 4-5 inch mini-floods, the water would spray up into the tuk tuk. The craziest part was not the rain, but rather Thom's persistent smile. Despite being completely soaked and only kept dry by a thin pink poncho, he seemed genuinely happy to be working.