Monday, January 14, 2008


Although Battambang is the second largest city in Cambodia, it masquerades as a sleepy town along a river in western Cambodia; just the sort of place to relax after a couple of days of intense tourist activity. The place doesn't get many tourists, so we found that people were really friendly and genuinely interested in what you were doing in their town. They're also interested in practicing their English skills with you. Maybe the most unusual person we met this way was a moped driver who frequented our guest house, whose self-proclaimed claim to fame was he was the only driver in Battambang that knew American slang. What this actually meant was that he only communicated in barely intelligible, rapid-fire strings of expressions. Here's a bit of sample conversation: "You know the yellow-bellied, green-eyed monster with bird legs? He's got two left feet, but taste my cabbage, you see the stars."



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