|This little girl just wanted to touch|
Shannon's beautiful skin.
|One of our seatmates on the van ride|
|At the market in Kampong Speu...|
We were lucky to be some of the first people to get into the van which waited until it was full to leave. I learned that the answer to the question, "how many people can fit into a minivan?" is..."one more." And, one more and one more and one more again.
|Les' bread lady|
|The dreaded durian|
Once in Kamping Speu we checking into the Golden House on the National Highway and were told that the elevator was not working, which didn't break my heart since I have huge reservations about getting into an elevator in countries where the electricity may not be stable - I have been stuck more than once in elevators when the electricity went out...NOT a pleasant experience at the time, but a great story later!
We have rented bikes locally and get a chance to meet some of Les' friends. But the real highlight of the day was spending time with his host family...cooking, laughing telling stories using a lot of international charades, teaching each other words from our respective languages and just spending some high quality time with family. Shannon's Khmer language skills are earning her high marks with all.
|A delicious rice and coconut cake|
cooked in banana leaves
|This is our transportation|
We had the best Khmer Curry Noodles and tomorrow I am taking a trip to the market to learn about all of the ingredients and to stock up for my cooking lesson tomorrow. Their hospitality has been second to none and spending time with them has given me an opportunity to talk with native Cambodians and really learn so much about the culture, people and history. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity.
Back to our hotel for a Christmas surprise...in more ways than one...all of the gingerbread cookies made it and the next session of fun begins as Les and Shannon build, decorate and eat the gingerbread houses. Enjoy the pictures and as always...bringing food and travel from my table to yours...no matter where those tables may be.