The Big 8K

Friday morning, Andrew and I drove up to Otres Beach in Sihanoukville, an out-of-the-way beach - which makes it absolutely perfect. There were very few people out there, and the soft sand and waves made us regret terribly not bringing our swimsuits. But that didn't keep us completely out of the water!

On our way back from Sihanoukville to Poipet, we stopped over in Phnom Penh for a night. Andrew has been running several times a week with a group of expats and Khmer young people in Poipet. They've been preparing to run in an 8K race in Phnom Penh, and the day had finally arrived. Andrew and I woke up at the crack of dawn - 5 AM - croak - and dragged ourselves to the race. Luckily, it was only 2 blocks away from our hotel. The start was at 6 AM, and I was the designated water/bag/camera carrier/cheerleader for the group.

Everyone looks chipper and ready to run.

Andrew coming in to the home stretch!

Chris and Borey, sweaty and happy to be done.

The entire group together - exhausted and exhilarated!

We trooped on back to Poipet after that. I had the honor of sharing the backseat of a taxi with three other girls. Cambodians have an uncanny way of squeezing more bodies into a space than seems physically possible. Four in the back seat is nothing; I've heard of five people in the back, with three or four more in the front seat, plus the driver. Of course, it does help that the average Khmer person is about 60% the size of an average American. So 6 hours crammed into the backseat with about 8 inches of room for my hips certainly stretched my American attitude towards "personal space."

So, at long last, we arrived safely back home. I think our traveling has worn us out a bit more than we expected, as Andrew and I both spent a day each at home sick in bed, though, unfortunately, not the same day. We're not quite "muroy-pii-roy", or 100% as the Khmer like to say, but we are getting there and certainly looking forward to a quiet weekend at home. 

Of course, what we expect and what actually happens are two entirely different things...