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36. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD WE ARE, L WILL ALWAYS FIND...

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For as long as L and I have been together he has owned, restored, talked and dreamed about classic cars. Indeed this is a guy who at aged sixteen bought for his first car, a 43 year old Ford Anglia that hadn't been on the road, let alone even started for years. He is attracted to just about anything that is from a by gone era. I'm sure if it wasn't for the impracticality of using a steam engine as his daily runner, he would do so. 
Over the years we've had to stop for many a photo shoot when something in the street or perhaps even laying redundant in someone's garden, has caught his attention. This is not just an exercise that happens in the UK, international intrigue equally exists and our 3 months in Asia had been no exception. One of his first finds and of course very fitting (I admit I was quite excited for him as neither of us expected to come across any) was not one, but two Ford Anglia vans! Sat side by side, rusting in peace under a dilapidated roof next t…

35. GOODBYE SOUTH EAST ASIA... HELLO ADVENTURES NEW...

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Our 3 month Asia adventure was up and neither L or myself saw it ending the way it did! Thankfully we both survived the penultimate day which turned out to add an unwanted amount of adrenalin to our adventure, but at least looking back it gives me something quite funny to write about. 
However prior to the above, L and I had bussed our way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and the following day from P.P to Kampot. The latter journey broken up with a night in P.P so as not to completely over do it. Due to not much availability in P.P at such short notice, we ended up staying in a shared hostel room (4 including ourselves) the first of such experiences on our trip. It wasn't so bad.
L and I spent 20 minutes in the back of a tuk tuk bumping over a narrow dirt track which later turned into no track at all. We weaved between trees and around the stilts of village houses over boggy undulating grass and through gardens until at last we arrived at Ganesha Eco guesthouse. As it transpired, our dr…

34.CHRISTMAS IN CAMBODIA & THE HOTEL BUILDING SITE!...

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After a 6 hour bus journey from HCMC Vietnam, L and I arrived a little dishevelled in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was Christmas Eve and we were looking forward to spending the next couple of days relaxing by the pool after having had a 'full on' 3 weeks in Vietnam. Our Christmas accommodation was one of only 3 places I'd booked whilst we were still in the UK. The other two being our accommodation over New Years and accommodation for the very first 2 nights of our trip, in Thailand. A short tuk tuk ride to the hotel soon revealed however that our home for Christmas was in fact... part building site! The chap from reception walked us through the building site to our room, which was typically the room right next to the extension that was being grafted on to the existing building. The sound and smell of plastering, concreting and tile cutting, wasn't exactly the intended memories for Christmas 2017 we were looking for! Without the need for an exchange of words, L and I were …

33. ONE PORTION OF SWINE FLU COMING RIGHT UP...

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We finished our coffees after a failed attempt to order food at a little cafe. It was, might I add, only after already ordering and receiving drinks did we discover that the place wasn't actually serving food this particular evening. So we set off again in search of somewhere else to eat.
We passed a busy but small Vietnamese gaff and after gaining the attention of the locals sat within, we plonked ourselves on a couple of miniature plastic chairs, slightly concerned our western weight might snap the legs.

(Side note: Pretty much every street food eatery offer their customers seating on miniature plastic chairs with miniature plastic tables. This was true for all 3 countries we'd visited on our travels and now was such an everyday sight for us, it was no longer unusual and interesting. I'd noted 3 different sizes of miniature plastics: The chair that is basically half size, the small stool and then the ultra small chair, this being perhaps what back home you might buy for…