Bike Rides and The Cambodian Circus!
Posted: Thu, Aug 7, 2014
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
We woke to an early morning starting at seven, accompanied by eggs and toast and of course Ramen Noodles. We jumped in the taxi once more for an adventure. For our first stop of the day, the seemingly short and harmless bike ride. All seemed well as we started on our route, but after a brief five minutes, the team realized this wasn’t any ordinary bike ride but rather a cultural tour of the out skirts of the city amongst the rice paddies accompanied by our enthusiastic tour guide. we continued on our course passing fields of rice and being greeted by the local children who excitedly practiced their English with the team, screaming out Hiiiii and showing us they could count to ten. After we made it out to the biggest lake in Cambodia we took a hydration break. As we sat their we looked over to the west and saw what appeared to be the only mountain in sight. We had brief discussion with the crew and decided we we’re going to ride over then hike to the top of it so we could check out the temple. We finally arrived at the base of the mountain, or as some called it, mini Mt.Sage, an everlasting hike the kids do in the BVI. Some made it up the entire hill while others stopped half way and enjoyed the view. After soaking up the culture, the group started heading home. When arriving back at the hotel, the whole team hopped in the pool right away and cooled down for a bit, feeling extremely satisfied after completing the fourteen-mile bike ride! After a quick lunch, we piled in the tuk-tuks and started for town, where we had time to shop in the local markets bargaining for souvenirs and presents for people back home. Following shopping, we ate a quick dinner and jumped back in the tuk-tukswith a destination set straight for the Cambodian Circus, a group of local students performing a series of difficult acrobatic and tumbling tricks. Our crew loved it so much they wanted to go back tomorrow night for a second show. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip!