After running the half marathon, I decided to just take it easy with my “Dora the Explorer” lifestyle. I thought gallivanting and recovery are mutually exclusive, but apparently, the two can go hand in hand when touring the Province of Siem Reap. Perhaps because there were only very few places and activities that interest me that I was already homesick on the third day. Word of advice: See the temples, eat the food, then leave.
My day started with a leisure walk to the post office. Surprisingly, the postcards (as well as the postage) are quite expensive here. The 30-minute walk going to and from the post office was a perfect recovery activity for my sore legs. I even found some interesting spots along the way.
The rest of the day was spent with my hired driver cum tour guide, Lucky. I would say that I was lucky to have Lucky as my airport transfer driver when I arrived at Siem Reap. He immediately offered his services when he learned that I have no itinerary whatsoever for this trip except to run the race. I was not disappointed. He patiently waited for me as I searched every nook and cranny of the Angkor temples. He brought me to places where he has friends, so that I can get special treatment (read: fast service). The only time I got pissed with him was when he brought me to a jewelry shop, where I left with something that I normally would not buy and which totally blew my budget. To be fair, that was totally my making, but the proximate cause was still him taking me to that place. Hehe
(To be continued…)