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Battambang!

sunny 35 °C

Day two of Morning Miracle - everyone pumped for it. The boys have set smaller goals for their skipping, and getting so good already. For our visualisation, we enter our own gardens where anything we want is in there. We all talked about our gardens after (they were all so different) and we all felt like we didn't have enough time in there! So fun, and a really cool calming method for us all.
Down for our last buffet breakfast - everyone loves a buffet, but I think we could all do with a break!
Down to the pool for a bit of book reading and swim club.
Then it was time to leave - boo! We really liked Siem Reap and the hotel was lovely - they even gave Carl free iced coffees, and we all got a leaving gift :) :)
In our car and off to Battambang - about a 2 1/2 hour drive away. There is plenty of road works in the city, and not one orange cone in sight - and definitely no traffic control - even when down to one lane. Somehow, it all just seems to work.
We are staying at a homestay for the next two nights and we had a warm welcome. We unpacked and ordered a late lunch while we played cards in the shade. The owner came over for a chat and told us all about his family background and how he started this homestay. His wife's family lived 100 meters up the road and up until 8 months ago, he lived with them with is wife and two children. He managed to lease this house and turn it into a homestay just 8 months ago. When you book on Booking.com, he already has 264 reviews with an average rating of 9.2 - that is not an easy achievement. He makes people feel welcome and at home, people love that - including us.
He took us over the road to his in laws to see the train that comes by twice a day at 5am and 5pm (as it turns out it was actually cancelled today). But we got to meet his two boys aged 6,8. After a little shyness on both sides, the boys all started a bottle flipping game, then a full blown game of soccer. My boys have always been a bit shy, so it's really cool to see them push themselves out of their comfort zones and make friends with other children, even though they can't speak the same language - so beautiful!
We had a walk into town (with an ice cream on the way, the boys were very sweaty!) and we saw the streets coming alive with vendors and people walking and exercising. Jay wasn't feeling the best, so we headed back home for some more cards, some Croc Territory and bed (definitely the hardest one yet - like sleeping on a plank of wood).

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Posted by travelswithmum 13:03 Archived in Cambodia

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