Greetings to all,
With tickets booked as of several days ago I am finally all set to leave Margaret River and am heading back to Cambodia for at least 1 month. These past several weeks have been filled with making Muesli and picking up odd jobs here and there to supplement my income. That being said I am all set to fly out of Perth on October 14th with a 5 hour layover in Singapore and then to Phnon Penh. In Phnom Penh I am going to travel to a beach town called Sihnoukville and just take it real easy for a week or so. After that I am planning on voluntering at a childrens orphanage for the remainder of my 1 month visa. Might stay a little longer depending on how things are going and if I can get an extension on the visa due to the fact I am volunteering. From there I am heading down to Vietnam to the southern city of Saigon. From Saigon the plan is to travel north through the country until I reach Hanoi. Once in Hanoi sort out my visa and then keep heading north through China until I reach Bejing. Kick it in Bejing for a week or so and then if all goes well taking the Trans Siberian Railways through China, Mongolia, and then ending up in Moscow. This all could change though as it's not very easy for a US citizen to obtain a Russia visa, especially when applying from outside of your own country. Either way though something will be figured out and the adventure will continue. Currently I am looking to fly back to the US middle of January. Like I said, I am not really sure where I will be flying from into the US. It all depends on the Visa situation. Worst comes to worst I may head home early and catch the New Years Phish show wherever they are playing. Chances are it will be a show at MSG which ius really convenient as flights from Moscow to JFK are relatively inexpensive. Thats kind of the plan so far, but I have learned plans can change very quickly when travelling around the world so we shall see.
The pizza shop opportunity fell through as the owner never contacted me back regarding a start date. Seemed like our initial conversation went well and I was all set to make a smooth job transition. It could have been the open kitchen layout combined with my grizzled looking beard that made him have second thoughts. Of course being the salesman that I am a follow up text message was sent to "check in" and see where he was in the hiring process. Unfortunately he never responded, and that was that. Whatever though, his loss and I decided right there and then to put my head down and just keep on cranking out Muesli. Of course every bag I produce is still laced with a pinch of love and a heap of kindness.
Before I type this next sentence a quick knock on the wooden computer desk has taken place. The silver bullet is running by the grace of God and what it lacks in functioning cylinders it makes up with heart. It drinks more oil than a sailor drinks rum, so I make sure to keep a spare bottle in my car just in case it get's thirsty. I even maxed out at 140 km going down a big hill and didnt want to push here to hard. Figured when it comes to sell it next week or so this could be a selling point ? I am only looking to get $750 out of it but the registration is valid until mid february so its not a bad deal. Yeah theres no radio, a broken window, broken passenger seat bealt, 3 bald tires, and a wicked vibration that makes me want to throw up while driving after a fun night. For $750 it's still a great car for getting around town and Im sure a fellow backpacker will roll the dice, just as I have.
The weather has been improving nicely allowing everyone to hit the beaches and just enjoy this wonderful country. Finally got some pictures uploaded (no thanks to travellerspoint blog support) and there are some really good shots of the land that surronds where I am living. Every place I have visited was within a 30 minute drive. Sometimes down crazy dirt roads with huge pot holes, but the car or driver has had no problem navigating this terrain (another selling point.)
It's been a challenge here in Margs at times, but I feel I am leaving this area a better man. Flying in here on little money and being able to leave with a healthy bank account to pay for the rest of my travels feels really good. My hands still go numb from Muesli making and I am hoping with some rest and a week or two of relaxation this will subside. A few Angkor beers added to the mix and I will be as good as new.
With internet being free or very affordable I will contiunue to update this blog way more often for the second leg of this adventure and have promised myself to keep the pictures coming. There's alot to see and do in South east Asia and I dont want to miss a thing. From Margaret River this is Matt checking out.
Good on Ya,