Hi, have arrived safely and have settled in. Apparently it has been very dry here but the rains have come with me! Very heavy storms, but so far clearing reasonably quickly with a smattering of thunder and lightning thrown in.
Reaquainted with my bike so have been able to shop for the necessary coffee pot and coffee. This afternoon I cycled out to see Bridget and Alan and meet For the first time their two dogs, mother and daughter, but one is golden retriever and daughter a pure black Belle type dog. Both lovely dogs and they soon realised that I would be their friend! Apparently my Grace House dog died a month ago, at least she is no longer suffering.
Tonight all from Grace House were being taken out for a meal by Bridget, so I am invited along too - it was great to see them all again. We had a very pleasant meal at Soria Moria and as it was Sat evening meals and drinks were half price, so a very nice Khmer curry and rice and 2 glasses of red wine for £3.50, not bad! Meas, Mr Gold, very kindly took me there in his new tuk tuk.
Siem Reap appears to be a building site with new houses growing everywhere, too expensives for most so I don't know the target market.
Sun 2 Sept
Cloudy and very humid with temp in the low 30's, my hair has frizzed out and looks awful.
Have been out to Grace House on the bike today only to find all the houses on the riverside cleared and work being done on the river - not sure where residents have gone, but will find out tomorrow. The rest of the ride hasn't changed so I continued via Wat Athwea back to town - changes a many! The evening eating stalls of about 50 have gone and an enormous supermarket is being built on their space, verynsad for the owners, but I hadn't eaten in them many times, but they were very popular with backpackers and youngsters. My friend, Rattana has left Angkor Famous, so I don't think I will be eating there as much, but another girl who recognised me is still there and gave me the gossip, so Impromised her I'd be back for a beer!
Most of the vols here now are leaving during the coming week, but there is a New Zealander here for 3 months and I think we'll be ok to do things together.
Unfortunately, my nights are disturbed by me watching the US Open Tennis, but it's good to have something easy when one can't sleep for the heat and humidity. However, neither the Olympics or the Paralympics have been shown here, although if I can find a Thai tv station they show coverage of their people doing well in news bulletins. Luckily, with this I can easily keep up to date with everything.
Not sure what is happening, but all I can her is a monk chanting very loudly without stopping for breath. When the rain stops I'll venture out on my bike to investigate.
Think that's all for now, take care and have a good week everybody.
Love to all and B x