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Keep calm, don’t take pictures, don’t get into tuk tuks… oh, and carry on! (Crossing the Poi Pet border)

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Keep calm, don’t take pictures, don’t get into tuk tuks… oh, and carry on! (Crossing the Poi Pet border)

“I’m not scared of the Poi Pet border!” I shouted softly into the blanket the bus had provided. “Screw the Cambodian government officials!” I yelled quietly whilst thumping the air gently so no one would notice, least of all the Cambodian government officials. God they’re scary, I really hope none of them look me in the eye.

We were on the bus to the Poi Pet border crossing from Thailand to Cambodia with about 20 other scared looking travellers. We’d all read the horror stories online, been warned by the lonely planet and pathetically sobbed in our dreams the night before, but ultimately all decided to go for it. We’d face the yelling tuk tuk drivers, fight the corrupt Cambodian officials and pay out of our arses to buy what should be a reasonably cheap visa. Read the rest of this entry

There is an oversized light that never goes out… but oh how I wish it would.

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There is an oversized light that never goes out… but oh how I wish it would.

“You want to buy big lighter?” We’re asked by a man holding a ridiculously big lighter. We don’t, but if we did I think I know where we could get one…

“No thank you” I say pointing at my mouth, “no big cigarette” and then I turn away. The man stands next to us for a few minutes watching mine and Gemma’s conversation.

“You get big cigarette?”

We stare in disbelief, although you have to admire the hard sell sometimes. Read the rest of this entry