Community We definitely wouldn't have made it more than 5 years in Cambodia without our great friends and communities. Recently our little group of parents with young kids have been spending a lot of time together. Parenting might not be possible otherwise. Our expat communities in Phnom Penh can't last forever but we've lucked out with a great core that have been around for 3-5 years. We've had some tearful goodbyes recently in the case of Stephanie and the Fowlers but also some highlights, like the return of Julia and Charlie, who left just after we arrived in Cambodia.
Phnom Baoh Dambang We've known about this old coal mine mountain not far from Kampot for years but never had a chance to check it out. You can see it from the road on the way to Kampot from Phnom Penh and it looks like a fortress on top of a mountain. There is also an old French-era railway bed that spits off the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville line and ends at the mountain so 50 years ago this would have been a buzz of excitement. Finally, Tim and Steve had the chance to ride our bikes out to this mysterious hill and check it out. Most of the area is in ruins but there is a creepy stairway up the mountain and a bunch of abandoned shafts and caves. The views from the top of the mountain are also spectacular.
We end up returning again and again to Kampot for it's close proximity to Phnom Penh, great restaurants and gateway to many activities. There is always a unique experience to undertake. Recently, we visited the questionable Tuk Chhu zoo with Wayne and Sheila and Tim and Steve finally snuck past security guards to get a peek at the new Kamchay hydrodam.
Koh Totang We thought that Koh Rong was the frontier of Cambodian tourism but that was before venturing to Koh Totang! This place is way way off the map about a six hour drive from Phnom Penh on a remote island off the coast of Koh Kong.
Easter Easter ended up being quite an event this year. It started very early for a sunrise sevice near the river and then an egg hunt for the kids.Easter Easter ended up being quite an event this year. It started very early for a sunrise sevice near the river and then an egg hunt for the kids.Bamboo Bridge Every year, Kampong Cham's famous bamboo bridge which can support trucks is rebuilt to connect the provincial capital with a nearby island. We had the pleasure of checking it out with Steve and Jodi.Solar Work Steve working with a project to install a Scheffleur Reflector pilot project in Takeo province.Easter Easter ended up being quite an event this year. It started very early for a sunrise sevice near the river and then an egg hunt for the kids.Easter Easter ended up being quite an event this year. It started very early for a sunrise sevice near the river and then an egg hunt for the kids.Penguins of Angkor After a trip to Mondulkiri last year, we heard that the infamous Banana's Restaurant shut down. It's colourful owner moved to Kampong Cham to start fresh. Apparently tourists that just came from Angkor Wat are so stupid that when you ask them if they saw penguins during their visit, they respond in all seriousness that they must have missed them this time. Aside from great conversation like this, the Europian home-cooked food can't be beat!Penguins of Angkor After a trip to Mondulkiri last year, we heard that the infamous Banana's Restaurant shut down. It's colourful owner moved to Kampong Cham to start fresh. Apparently tourists that just came from Angkor Wat are so stupid that when you ask them if they saw penguins during their visit, they respond in all seriousness that they must have missed them this time. Aside from great conversation like this, the Europian home-cooked food can't be beat!Bamboo Bridge Every year, Kampong Cham's famous bamboo bridge which can support trucks is rebuilt to connect the provincial capital with a nearby island. We had the pleasure of checking it out with Steve and Jodi.Kampot We end up returning again and again to Kampot for it's close proximity to Phnom Penh, great restaurants and gateway to many activities. There is always a unique experience to undertake. Recently, we visited the questionable Tuk Chhu zoo with Wayne and Sheila and Tim and Steve finally snuck past security guards to get a peek at the new Kamchay hydrodam.Kampot We end up returning again and again to Kampot for it's close proximity to Phnom Penh, great restaurants and gateway to many activities. There is always a unique experience to undertake. Recently, we visited the questionable Tuk Chhu zoo with Wayne and Sheila and Tim and Steve finally snuck past security guards to get a peek at the new Kamchay hydrodam.Being Pregnant More of an issue for Amie rather than Steve, the final weeks are now approaching as we wait for Aya's sister to join us.Community We definitely wouldn't have made it more than 5 years in Cambodia without our great friends and communities. Recently our little group of parents with young kids have been spending a lot of time together. Parenting might not be possible otherwise. Our expat communities in Phnom Penh can't last forever but we've lucked out with a great core that have been around for 3-5 years. We've had some tearful goodbyes recently in the case of Stephanie and the Fowlers but also some highlights, like the return of Julia and Charlie, who left just after we arrived in Cambodia.Pool Parties Due to the relentless heat and the enjoyment kids have in water, we end up scheduling one kids pool party after another.Pool Parties Due to the relentless heat and the enjoyment kids have in water, we end up scheduling one kids pool party after another.Kep This is definitely our default weekend trip. Kep is off the tourist track and the seaside town is perfect for a relaxing weekend with the kids while also offering the potential for a little adventure. Recently we had the whole gang out for some hiking in the hills to explore some new trails and a boat excursion which ended at the sailing club just in time for cocktails at sunset.Pool Parties Due to the relentless heat and the enjoyment kids have in water, we end up scheduling one kids pool party after another.Kep Dam Even after 10 or 15 trips to Kep, there are always new options for adventuring. This time Steve discovered an old abandoned hydrodam, hidden in the mountains which looks as if it's been dried up for half a century at least.Pool Parties Due to the relentless heat and the enjoyment kids have in water, we end up scheduling one kids pool party after another.Pool Parties Due to the relentless heat and the enjoyment kids have in water, we end up scheduling one kids pool party after another.Pool Parties Due to the relentless heat and the enjoyment kids have in water, we end up scheduling one kids pool party after another.Community We definitely wouldn't have made it more than 5 years in Cambodia without our great friends and communities. Recently our little group of parents with young kids have been spending a lot of time together. Parenting might not be possible otherwise. Our expat communities in Phnom Penh can't last forever but we've lucked out with a great core that have been around for 3-5 years. We've had some tearful goodbyes recently in the case of Stephanie and the Fowlers but also some highlights, like the return of Julia and Charlie, who left just after we arrived in Cambodia.

Life is pretty routine these days but also pretty busy. Our active toddler keeps us on our toes and for some reason we decided that our lives would be better with another one! Here's some of the more interesting things that have happened in the last couple months.

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