Thanks to all of you who have sent messages and e-mails. I really appreciate it - please continue to write! Sorry I haven't replied personally yet, but the internet here is not the most reliable and I've had trouble the last couple of days getting online.
Seeing that the Sage Foundation Project doesn't reopen until 31st December, I spent yesterday and today working on another NGO project in town, setting up their accounts system. Bit of a busman's holiday, but they needed someone who knew something about accountancy and payroll, so I'm pleased to have been able to help them out. I also did various errands for them, delivering things to locations within Siem Reap, so have made full use of my bicycle.
Speaking of bicycle, above is the photo I promised - me on one - and if anyone thinks the French and Italians are bad drivers, you should come here, because the Khmers definitely win that title hands down! Being on any sort of vehicle on these roads really means you take your life into your hands. Cars, vans, buses, and bikes come at you from all angles. People drive on whichever side of the road they choose and red traffic lights (there are only a couple of them) mean absolutely nothing! I stopped at one yesterday and was nearly mown down by everyone behind me. So I'm going with the flow. If they stop, I stop! I literally closed my eyes at one junction and just peddled!
Yesterday late afternoon I had the chance to visit a couple of locals Wats (Buddhist Temples) - Wat Bo and Wat Damnak. I had a very interesting conversation with a young monk at Wat Bo, who was very encouraging when I spoke a little in Khmer.
Bye for now. . . .