I was feeling a little sorry for myself last week. I’m sure the rain had something to do with it, but it didn’t help when I got an email from my son, who was on a business trip/holiday in Europe; including Monaco. When I was about 12, my ambition in life was to be James Bond and play baccarat in a Monaco casino with a “Bond girl” at my side. The closest I’ve gotten to it is this photograph. I’m not even quite sure it’s Monaco — Justin tends to send a bunch of photos from different places all at once — but it’s nice.
Things got worse when Sopheak got to go to Koh Rong twice last week. A client of hers is leasing some land there and needed her to act as a go between with the land owner. For some reason, the sun was shining on Koh Rong even while it was raining in Sihanoukville. This is what Sophie was looking at while I was looking at the rain falling outside my office:
Now that my James Bond fantasy days are over, my ambition is to live some place like Koh Rong. It can be on the mainland or it can be on an island. I don’t care, just as long as jungle covers a larger chunk of the landscape than civilisation. I’m too old and dumb to forage for my meals and get on a first-name basis with the wild animals as Sophie did when she was a girl, but if I can have a slice of paradise along with enough amenities to keep me alive, I’ll be content. This treehouse bungalow on Koh Rong would suit me fine:
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks a life on a tropical island sounds like an attractive proposition. Koh Rong is the latest Sihanoukville hot spot. Every travel shop in town advertises, “Koh Rong! Best Prices! Best Service!” and even though it’s the rainy season, the boat to the island, if not full, is never empty.
Yesterday was the first sunny day in Sihanoukville of the week. A bike ride to Bad Panda and a bagel and cream cheese helped lift my spirits, but I still had one last assignment hanging over my head. I got that out of the way and then discovered that my latest post for Travelfish had just been published. It was only then that I realised just how lucky I am.
A bit of a combination beach bum/workaholic, an excuse to combine work with an afternoon at the beach is perfect for me. It’s not every day the sun shines in Sihanoukville in the rainy season, so I popped my camera in my pocket, jumped on my bike, and headed for the beach. Which beach, I’m not going to reveal. You’ll have to wait and read my blog on Travelish.org to discover that.
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