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Internet Connections

If you haven’t noticed, our pictures on flickr are way behind our travels. This is because the internet connections has been terrible ever since we left Thailand and we haven’t wanted to spend a lot of time seaching out the best internet cafe in each town, if even one exists. For the first time in about 2.5 weeks, we’re uploading photos again here in Siem Reap, refreshing our iTunes podcasts selections and even trying to download a movie, though it currently sits at 3% complete afetr 2 hours so my guess is we won’t be watching slumdog millionaire on the 12 hour VIP bus to Saigon tomorrow.

Yep,  for Valentine’s Day I’ve decided to get K a lovely seat on the VIP bus tomorrow. 12 hours is a long time, but the VIP bus ain’t so bad. $24 for the trip to Saigon. The bus leaves at 7am and we should get into Ho Ci Minh City at about 7pm, 4 hours before my parents arrive.

We are really looking forward to seeing them. It’ll be nice to see some friendly faces and talk about our journeys and hear what is up with them and also because they are bringing two bottles of good wine, blue, goat, brie and some hard cheese, doritos and cheetos for Kelly (surely these are a part of her “diet?”).

We also have a few things to drop off with them to take back. We haven’t bought much here (and this has been painful for ultra-shopper Kelly) but with the impending meet-up, we’ve allowed ourselves to buy a few gifts to take back. Tonight we’ll head again to the night market here and then I’m sure they’ll be plenty of options in Vietnam. The lost opportunity was Laos where even I’ll say that Luang Prabang had a lot of cool stuff. Oh well.

Today we rest, check internet and head to Le Meridien Angkor Wat to use the pool. Tomorrow we travel. Happy VDAY.

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One Response

  1. Kelly — you don’t need to go on a diet! ….you guys are already burning all the calories during your daily adventures — eat as you please!

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