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Day at the Beach

by Going Slowly

Though we've spent several relaxing days in Sihanoukville, we haven't really done it's famous sandy shores justice. We usually get bored at the beach, losing interest soon after our swim in the ocean is over. Today, Pete, Natasha, Maggie and Travis have offered to show us the ropes to lazing around. It goes a little something like this:

You find a clean and relatively quiet spot, unlike the one by our hotel.

Little Cambodian Girl on Colorful Boats Beachside in Sihanoukville

You set up shop in the shade, with a book and a coconut shake.

Magalie & Travis

You chill out, and don't do any work, and you try not to feel too guilty about it.

Khin's Shack

You pay for a five dollar massage that lasts an hour, and splurge on fruit when a vendor comes walking by.

Natasha & Annie Mango Prep Sihanoukville Fruit Seller

You say "yes please!" to the alien-looking seafood brought on huge trays.

Langoustines for Sale Langoustines

…and you play with the beach bar owner's adorable son.

Dan-O Dan-O's Devil Horns Dan-O Taking Pictures Dan-O Showing Off His Pictures Magalie & Dan-O Taking Pictures Dan-O Showing Off His Pictures

Then, once you're nice and crusted in salt from the occasional dip in the ocean, and find yourself so relaxed that the hedonistic delights of the beach are no longer captivating, you head home for a shower and a rest.

Sihanoukville Beach

Once the sun has set (an underwhelming, cloudy affair) and your nap is over, you return to your friends and the salty sea.

Natasha & Dan-O Natasha & Dan-O

You come back to the same place over and over, so that the people remember you, and you settle into papazan chairs for a beach barbecue.

Barbecue on the Beach at "Small but Sweet Cafe"

For three dollars each, you order up freshly caught, freshly grilled seafood, and find, for the first time, that you really really like it.

Barbecued Scallops with Garlic

Then, you chat late into the night with new friends, downing fifty-cent Angkor beers, listening to the inky black sea lap up on shore.

Magalie (aka Maggie) Pete

The last order of the night is teetering back home to get some much needed rest (hah), as the whole process starts again the following morning!

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That sounds so awesome, I don't think I would ever leave! All the Jersey shore has is corndogs and too many cigarette butts. ;) Can't wait to read about the crazy sleeping bus you posted pictures of!
Posted by Liz on January 15th, 2011 at 2:08 PM
Tyler, insane collision of worlds. First photo in this post. Scott Severson. Need I say more?
Posted by Alex on January 15th, 2011 at 7:40 PM
Haha Alex! It took me awhile to drag that name out of my memory. I wonder if those water toys really were made by his company? Was it Aquaviva?

There was a big iceberg thing out there too; I nearly lost a finger jumping off the stupid thing (hand got caught in one of the handles on the way down).
Posted by Tyler on January 16th, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Liz - Oh man, I love corn dogs! I had completely forgotten about them until you mentioned it. Stories about the space bus coming soon... or whenever we get caught up. :-)
Posted by Tara on January 16th, 2011 at 2:32 PM
robot cuisine
Posted by Cara on February 5th, 2014 at 12:49 PM