Thought I would make this one a short blog tonight, last night was a bit of an essay...sorry everyone!
Today me and Lucy left Siem Reap at 7am to catch a bus that would bring us to Kratie. Nothing is simple out here in Cambodia, so the 10 hour journey was bound to be eventfull!
Eventfull doesn't sum it up... the first leg of the journey was in an average coach similar to National Express at home. There was a TV screen at the front playing a lovely repeat of some Cambodian kareoke, and then a comedy sitcom which a group of men and women sat behind us found hilarious and were literally crying with laugter! The aircon didn't really work, it was more like a 'drip'of warmish water every so oftern, which would usually land on Lucy's lap. But besides these minor differences, the journey was pretty similar to your standard Swindon - London National Express Journey. We stopped half way at a petrol / toilet stop. I We rushed off desperate for the loo, kids pulling down their pants here there and everywhere to do their business, had to mind our step. The loos were just a hole in the ground...lovely! Goodbye Western toilets! A women slumped up against the bus holds out a plastic tub for contributions of money. She's holding the tinyést baby wrapped up in a blanket. As me and Luce looked out the window to watch if she got any money, we saw her pocket any notes that a passer by gave her, so it looked as though the basket was still empty- CHEEKY! As we pulled out of the station, I caught a glimpe of the baby - purple face and limp legs, for a moment we thought it might not be alive, but then I saw it cry!
After 5 hours we stoppe at a small drop off point in a place called sluong ( spelling may be wrong), where a crowd of men gathered by the doorway looking as though they were getting on..No no... they were there just to stare at me and Lucy! It was like we were a freak show, quite scary and off putting!
The next thing, we're being told to get onto a minibus 8 seater. They shove our big rucksaks onto a front seat, so we climb on with no idea as to where we're going or if we're even meant to be on it! The men from the doorway follw ud over and stand by the minibus pointing and saying something to us, but we had no idea what. A strange, slightly scary guy dressed in an orange T-shirt kept waving at us and saying 'No No'...very wierd! It seemed to be only me and Lucy getting onto the minibus which seemed odd so I turned to Lucy at one point and said 'Do you think we're getting kidnapped, how do we know we''re going the right way?' Hmmm...
10 minutes later, we are pointed to another minibus, crammed full of people already. 'Seriosly, we have to get on there, with all our bags?'' Yep!! we do. So we pile onto this bus, clambering over a couple of people to get onto the back seat. We watched our rucksacks being atattched into the boot by some rope... SAFE! The bus was falling apart, seats ripped, windows no longer there, roof carpeting fallling off and the doorways selotaped together. Aty one point we must have had about 15 people on board with us! At Kompong Chom we stopped to let most passengers off, so me and Lucy were asked to hop in the front with the driver. No seatbelts, very cosy. The windscreen had a massive crack running through the windscreen, and the MPH gage wasn't working so we appeared to be driving at 0MPH for the whole time - I think Not! Then it started raining, and the windscreen wipers didn't work....the driver looked at me and laughed. Lucy's side window wouldn't go up so she was getting soacked!...
The rain started to get worse and we could hardly see out of the window, out of no-where a god ran into the road and we were inches away from killing it. I think if me and Lucy hadn't been there the guy would have smacked into him! About an hour later we met a heard of cows on the road, again, inches away from hitting them! Ahhh...Not to worry you parents but if we'd hit them, I think me and Lucy would have been straight through the windscreen! Eek.
Anyway, we finally arrived safe and sound into Kratie at 6pm this evening, room is nice enough, bit mossie infested and I left my mossie plug in our room in Siem Reap! ooh dear!
Tommorow we're going dolphin watching. Love to all
Mds and Lucy xx