Saturday, March 28, 2009

Back home

No I'm not going to post a video of the England football team singing their 1970 World Cup song 'Back Home,' it's just confirmation that I'm back in Phnom Penh after my week away in the sticks (where internet and blog updates are only available in my dreams), visiting Kratie and the frisky dolphins, Stung Treng and the moto mafia, then the trip from hell from the Mekong River across the wilderness to Tbeng Meanchey and then onto Preah Vihear - where we missed an international incident by 1 hour - Anlong Veng and Banteay Chhmar before getting in last night at some ungodly hour. We used a variety of transportation, met some great people and Tim and myself had a ball as usual. Obviously more to follow, but it's the Hun Sen Cup Final this afternoon at the Olympic Stadium so detailed posts will have to wait a few days. And thanks to the fan club for worrying so much!

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Andy!!! My life was missing something when you were gone :)

March 28, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Feedback is always welcome, whilst compliments and kudos are positively encouraged... :-)
Andy

March 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

andy, cd u elaborate on the moto mafia? coincidentally, i was planning to follow the same route. grazie, thanks - marco antonio

March 29, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Marco,
if you send me a private email, I will give you the details rather than you wait til I tell the story here on my blog. The moto mafia were a pain in the arse and fixed a higher price than we expected to pay. When we sought different prices from different motodops, two of the original 'gang' followed us and haranged the guys who were going to offer us a cheaper price. As a result of our price queries, their final price rose by another $10 per moto! It left a slightly bitter taste in our mouth of Stung Treng as a whole.
Andy

March 29, 2009 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy,
tante grazie, thanks a lot for your attention. I tell you, take your time, man. You´ve just came back from a tiresome trip and is trying to catch up with your blog, as I noticed in the latest post. I can wait for the details when you post them. I have just begun to plan my itinerary, months ahead, and it included the stretch Stung Treng-Preah Vihear via TBM.
Tante grazie, Marco Antonio

March 30, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

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