We have arrived in Cambodia. From London to Singapore and Singapore to Siem Reap, we made it. I said to Ben that it feels like slipping into a pair of comfortable boots. The streets are busy with food carts and scooters in a way that only South East Asia knows how. The air is close and it’s as though the heat itself sticks to your skin. We plan on spending the first week settling into our new apartment and getting a feel for the place. We even have an apartment cat! She’s called Picasso and is completely adorable. I’ll try and get a photo with her soon. We’ve been catching up with some work the past couple of days. Making our own breakfast and having limitless tea and coffee has been a treat. Ben’s pretty much perfected his pancakes now, I just need to get him to make them while I’m in bed 😉
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One of my favourite parts of the city we’ve stumbled across is the Old French Quarter. The pedestrian walkways are a welcome relief from the frenetic main roads, offering quaint cafes, French restaurants and artisan galleries to escape the hot sun. It’s almost a shame the entire city isn’t made up of these magical alleyways to wander through. I love the faded walls and the plants hanging from every conceivable place. Looking around, you can see the blend of Franco-Chinese influence, with French menus and Chinese decor in almost every doorway. Partly because we’re here in the rainy season, and partly because most people visit Siem Reap to go to Angkor Wat Temple (and not wander the backstreets), it’s peacefully quiet here. There aren’t hoards of people crushing past you, and they really are a haven from the bustling city only a stone’s throw away.