We found a duck place for lunch, as Pablo has been asking to eat duck for a while. We bought a whole duck, a few beers. Pablo and Hugo moved inside to play, and an old man came out beside Matt and I and started peeing on the side walk. He was so old, he had no idea what he was doing, but we both looked at each other and shuddered at the thought of getting older. He left him self standing there, until the very last drip of urine hit the pavement - about two minutes later. His kids came out, and just chucked some water over him, and dragged him back inside. We had finished lunch at that time. It was pretty sad.
Nick took us too another Temple, a beautiful monastery. Alive with monks gliding about in their saffron robes out and drinking tea. I love the 'lived in' temples. Lots of smiles for Hugo. Lots of calmness. One monk tried spread the calmness to hugo by wrapping some red string around his wrist. No chance for that, he was running wild - but Pablo loved it, and so did we. Pablo walks in, sits down in front of the buddhas and pretends to start meditating. I love the color of these temples, the golds, the reds, the illuminated pictures of Buddha. They have such an eclectic, crazy, yet calm quality. There was a buddha statue with sunglasses on - its like there is a sense of humour here - a sense of lightness, and not taking things too seriously. We further explored the grounds, and an old man opened another temple for us. We moved into this very tiny, claustrophobic space, filled with huge candles, buddha, and heaps of incense. He asks us to sit down, and he begins to chant, he grabs a pile of incense, dips it in water, and asks us to put our hands out. He hits the incense on our open hands about ten times, and asks us to rub the water over our faces. We leave a small donation of Riels, feeling great.
We headed home for some rest time. Hugo has been brilliant - he sleeps in the pram, and then we just put the pram in the tuk tuk, so his sleep continues while we are rushing about the city. The colors and smells amuse him. Its a constant watch out of what he is picking up, and sometimes he likes to sit on the ground, sometimes spontaneously lie on the sidewalk, so we have been using a lot of disinfectant on his hands, as he is still eating mostly with his hands. The baby wipes comes in handy. I feel really proud of him, as you never know how the kids are going to adjust to the craziness of Asia, the unexpected, the noise, the smells, the strange food, and so far, so good.
We head out again around 5pm, to walk to the boardwalk - the meeting of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers. We walk through a couple of streets of girly bars and old white men. The boardwalk is alive, there are people doing dance classes, people on exercise machines, paying foot ball, enjoying the view. The mekong is the most amazing rose colour.Pablo called it the see of blood. and you can see pouring rain whiting out the river in the distance. The afternoon rain comes in, and it empties in about one minute. We found a bar, and enjoyed a few Angkor beers. We went to the markets for dinner, and enjoyed some bbq’d chicken and some noodle soup. Our last night in Phnom Penh, and we are finally getting our bearings. Despite what I presumed, its a sort of calm city. The streets and that full with bikes and tuk tuks, and the pace feels more gentle than most asian cities. There are some lovely buildings left from the french colonialists. The people are seem to have a slower pace, and everyone eats out on the street. We have enjoyed the street food a lot. The people after an initial suspicion, warm fast.