Cold Coconut Cheers


Happy New Year to all! We are here in Southeast Asia as the masses celebrate the end of one cycle and the start of a new. In typical dry-season fashion, it’s a scorcher of a month. We spent yesterday playing tourist, tromping about the Angkor temples with 63 million of our fellow peeps. (OK, 63 million might be an exaggeration, but it felt like such a crush of humanity.) I can say with 100 percent assurance: there is nothing so welcome, so necessary as a cold coconut after a hike up a stone temple in the mid-day heat. $1. One coconut. Two straws. This, friends, is the wondrous coconut water that has so many health-conscious Westerners in a craze. Here it is, straight from the tree.

And here we are, in Cambodia. Not what we’d originally planned—but many a wise person before me has said it: Life is what happens while you’re making other plans. A travel snafu had us switching course (if you’re interested, you can read my thoughts about it here). And the new blog design was muffled in the mess. More snafus. The new look is still coming… but not just yet. Right now, we’re on the road, working, living, gathering stories. We both want to be in the moment doing that—not fixing design glitches. So I will continue posting bits and bobs here, and I will post blurbs to the Facebook page and Twitter, until our course shifts again and we’re in a spot where we can devote attention to our computers.

If you’re interested in everything else that’s been keeping us so busy these months, have a look here and here and here and here. Further: Jerry’s adding new tidbits to 63Beds.


Meanwhile, best wishes to all for good health, peace and happiness in the next year.

P Bakheng

One thought on “Cold Coconut Cheers

  1. Good morning Ms. Coates,

    I am here in Siem Reap and I read your wonderful article in Slate this morning. The best article I’ve read on Cambodia in ages, and being here, well, I’ve seen a few…
    I was dropping a line to see if you had wanted it translated into Khmer because I know so many folks in and about our village (and in a few neighborhoods in Phnom Penh and Kampot) who could benefit from it.
    However, I see you are here now and translation probably isn’t going to be so much of a problem for you.
    Best of luck on your trip. Be safe, its been a little funky for journalists around SR lately.

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