Tasty Tarantulas

One of the more exotic snacks in Cambodia are deep-fried tarantulas. A food born out of necessity during the meager years of the Pol Pot regime, Cambodians enjoy their crisp tarantulas to this day.

Tony, Beverly and I are quite experimental when it comes to food. But there are limits. The thought of stuffing a sizeable hairy spider into our mouths was almost too much to bear. But only almost. Watch this short video and see who’s enjoying themselves beyond what you’d consider normal.

Mekong River Dolphins

In the last two and a half years, we’ve never mentioned fresh-water dolphins – that doesn’t mean we haven’t been trying to find them. Scouring the rivers of eastern India for Gangetic dolphins and Myanmar for Irrawaddy dolphins, we’ve been looking and looking and looking. No luck. Continue…

Sex and the Village

Tribal Hut

Our host stood in a patch of shade surrounded by barefoot and pant-less children. He wasn’t tall but he stood strong with his muscular arms crossed at his chest. He had pronounced cheekbones, large brown eyes and teeth so white and straight that they would rival any Hollywood star. “This is Mr. Hung,” said our guide who poked a little friendly fun at our host who has fathered six children. “He is very busy,” said our guide, punching our host in the arm. “Every night he is very busy!”

Beverly Gallagher has discontinued her blog NomadicNarrative.com. A link to the full article is no longer available.

Mahout for a Day

We’ve been on elephants on numerous occasions in India and Nepal, but somehow the experiences left us wanting more. What we really wanted was to learn to ride the elephant like the mahout, the driver who rides on the elephant’s neck and controls the animal by issuing a series of vocal commands.

Well, thanks to our friends Emma and Richard who first told us about the incredible elephant treks outside of Sen Monorom, Cambodia, we are now experienced elephant drivers, although they haven’t quite issued our licenses just yet. It’s actually a little harder than it looks because balancing on the neck can be a bit awkward when the elephant goes up or down an incline.

Holiday in Cambodia

Thomas, Beverly and Thomas at Foreign Correspondents' Club at Phnom Penh

“Holiday in Cambodia?” That was the first question I was asked after ducking off of one of Phnom Penh’s busy streets into a day spa nestled within a manicured garden. The 80s political song “Holiday in Cambodia” by the Dead Kennedys immediately started to play in my head. I was thrown off guard for a second as the lyrics repeated themselves: It’s a holiday in Cambodia/Where people dress in black/A holiday in Cambodia/Where you’ll kiss ass or crack. I finally responded with a yes. I’m on holiday. I am on holiday in Cambodia.

Beverly Gallagher has discontinued her blog NomadicNarrative.com. A link to the full article is no longer available.

S-21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

S-21

S-21 is not as known abroad as the Killing Fields, but the high school turned torture/murder center is yet another chilling reminder of the nightmarish rule of the Khmer Rouge. The site has now been converted into the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in remembrance of the prisoners who died here or passed through on their way to the Killing Fields. For visitors who want to learn about Cambodia, this is another important place to visit when in Phnom Penh or to read about online.

Cooking Amok

Tasty?

As I was cutting the squid into bite-sized pieces, I could hear chopping and cutting from all around the kitchen. Beverly was standing next to me grating a green papaya into slivers. And she looked spectacular. Shiny lip gloss and clad in a red apron and a matching chef’s hat, she could have been the star of a tele-cooking-novela. Pero no! There we were, taking a Cambodian cooking class at the Le Tigre de Papier restaurant in Siem Reap.

This was my first attempt to make good on one of my New Year’s resolutions: pick up some more skills as we travel the world. And what better reward than to have a delicious meal at the end of a challenge. Or so I hoped. Continue…

Exploring Angkor

Angkor is overwhelming – as expected. At $60 for the week pass, this just might be the most expensive monument we’ve ever visited. Perhaps, it’s almost worth it. 🙂 As you can see from the pictures above, we’ve had a blast exploring the area with Lisa and Garrett as well as Beverly, who arrived later. For those of you who dream of visiting Angkor Wat, book your flights as soon as possible – this place is going to get busier and busier until it one day drowns under the weight of its own popularity. That hasn’t happened yet, but it will.