Wednesday, October 22, 2008
It's been a bit hectic here in Siem Reap, hence shortage of posts yesterday & today. I've been whizzing about the place and will do more whizzing this afternoon, visiting hotels and then assessing boats on the Tonle Sap lake. Last night my good friend Now (pictured) was on her way to see me for dinner when she came a cropper on her moto on the road from Angkor Wat. When I saw her in the emergency room in the hospital clinic in Siem Reap, it was abundantly clear she had fallen face-first from her moto and her left cheek, mouth and chin had taken the full brunt of her fall. The medics applied some liberal stitching and injections and the x-rays revealed a broken cheekbone and very heavy swelling and bruising, as you can imagine. I felt pretty guilty as she was on her way to meet me for dinner and she had to make the trip from her home in Angkor during a heavy downpour. It was another salutary lesson for me of the importance of wearing a helmet when making even the shortest trip by moto. My fingers are crossed that Now recovers fully from her accident and that her scars are not permanent.