Leaving Vietnam

My last morning started with the usual soup at the hotel and then Willemeijn and I walked to a nearby indoor market. Here is the street on which our hotel was, right in the middle of the backpacker district.

  

The indoor market was not very exciting but there was not much else to do for the last couple of hours. At the market everything imaginable was sold. We strolled around for a while, looking at all the stalls and trying on clothes but ended up buying nothing.

  
  
  
What I did end up buying though was a small ice cream at Baskin Robbins that was about three times as expensive as the lunch we had after. Because while sitting in the air conditioned shop we were watching the street and noticed a lot of people going for lunch into the corner shop. And this is exactly what we did. A last soup with all kinds of sausages and meat inside and a local ice tea. Life can’t get much better.

  

After lunch it was time for me to walk back to the hotel and catch my shuttle. The shuttle was again a private car and in no time was I at the airport. Due to the international flight I had to be there two hours earlier so I spent my time wandering around.

Finally we boarded and after a little over an hour I landed in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Immigration was quick and efficient and I was happy I had the necessary picture with me. I was also happy that I hadn’t done the online application which would have been more expensive and wouldn’t have saved any time at all.

  

The Rose Apple Guesthouse I had booked for my three night stay had a free pickup service and Mara (I really hope this is the way he spells his name) was already waiting for me with his tuk-tuk.


At the hotel Tim, the Belgian owner welcomed me and helped me plan my next three days touring Angkor Wat with Mara. I decided on starting with a sunrise tour so the next day pickup would be very early. I therefore stayed in that evening and went to bed early. Yours, Pollybert

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Good morning Berlin 

The first full day in Berlin started with a lazy breakfast. We had already decided beforehand that we rather wanted to go for breakfast than eat at the hotel. So on this sunny morning we met Christina and Sophie at ‘their’ corner. While waiting for them we wondered what the people across the street were doing. It looked weird, like a gathering of deranged ‘Twilight’ fans. Turned out though that they were only trying to watch the partial sun eclipse.

Which was a great idea, so we looked for a moment as well (didn’t want to get a sunburnt imprint on my retina from looking too long) and then headed on to Bitter und Süß. This small coffeehouse had an eclectic mix of food and furniture. I had the English breakfast, while the girls shared an étagère.IMG_9841  IMG_9832  IMG_9837  IMG_9839  IMG_9840

Using the perfect weather we made our way to the Türkenmarkt (Turkish Market) along the Maybach bank. The market reminded me of the Naschmarkt in Vienna, although it looked less permanent and was a lot more diverse in regards to the produce. Also there were a lot of food stalls and all looked so fresh and appetizing. The girls loved especially the Quark Bar. And I had to try it as well, it tasted super yummy!IMG_9857IMG_9858IMG_9859IMG_9860IMG_9861IMG_9862IMG_9863IMG_9865IMG_9866IMG_9867IMG_9868IMG_9871IMG_9874

There was also music and people listening to it in the sunshine while others had their stall closed and went for prayer. The atmosphere was very open and inviting, very different from Vienna after all.IMG_9870IMG_9856

By then it was already early afternoon and it was time for some sightseeing. Not all of our little vacation was about fun and dance. But more about that later.
Yours, Pollybert