One more morning withoit alarm clock! I feel rested now!
When we woke up in the morning, it was our expectation that we would need to book the hotel for one more night, but Maria, a Argentinian girl living now in Phnom Penh invited us to surf her couch! Great news!!
We phonned her from Skype and we settled to meet at 13h close to the Russian Market. Time to pack our stuff, carrying the bikes and find our way to the Russian Market.
|Marta & Peter|
We are more and more used to ride the bikes through the traffic, so we reached the place we settled ina question of minutes. Maria arrived a bit after, in her bike and took us to her place. We left the bikes at the building's entrance where more bikes are stored and we took our bags to her place. She lives on the 4th floor and the interesting thing is that the staircase is only about 60 cm wide and around the building, i.e., outside from the builing itself. She is sharing the flat with a french couple that was out of town.
We stayed a bit chatting on the livingroom and then we went out to explore the market. Maria told us that she would be in the pool that is somehow near to her place, so we would probably meet there.
The market is full of vendors, but all of this area is more and more common for tourists, so you get a lot of tourist prices and it is difficult to make them lower. We were looking for a simple t-shirt for Marta to cycle in Malaysia (as it is a mostly muslim country we thought it would be better for her to cycle with a t-shirt rather than with a sleeveless shirt). The first vendors we asked for the price, they wanted 5 USD. Really? 5 USD for a simple t-shirt in Cambodia? We walked around and around and we only could see tourists, that's why!
Finally we could find a shop where we could lower the prices to the fair price, and we took one pair of trousers and 2 t-shirts for 6USD.
|Marta buying her new clothes|
After the market we tried to find the pool and it was just a few meters away, so we took a smaller street (you can see the staircases out of the building).
Turned out that the access to the pool is quite expensive (we did not ask Maria if we needed to pay or we just would simply get in assuming that we knew the way) so we waited a bit by the lobby. Maria was not feeling that good so we headed home soon!
We asked Maria if we could cook something, afterall we are missing some home made food. She agreed, so me and Marta went (quite far) to the mall where we went to cinema last night as we knew that they have a bigger supermarket to buy supplies.
I worte this before, and I will write it once more: couchsurfing is not only a way to sleep for free. We ended up paying more for the food than a night in the hotel, but nothing pays off the nice meal we prepared for Maria and the nice chat we had by her terrace during dinner and after!
Maria, thank you so much for being part of your journey and we wish you all the best!
What a shame, we did not take a single picture with our host, Maria!
Summary of the day:
- Daily distance: 4,27 km (I forgot the GPS gadget on the way to supermarket)
- Daily time: 17m20s
- Average speed: TBA
- Maximum speed: TBA
Total travelled so far: 661,02 km
Total time cycling: 39h25m31s
And that is all for now folks!