Day 171- Travel to Phnom Penh

This morning we checked out of our hotel and headed to the Bangkok airport to catch our flight to Phnom Penh. After an almost hour delay, we got on our plane where we faced an issue that haven’t yet had! Alexander was too big for the seat! Sitting up completely straight, his knees still hit the back of the seat in front. Good thing our flight was only an hour and 15 minutes! 

When we arrived, we were greeted by Gary and Lois, my grandmother’s brother and sister-in-law, who kindly invited us to stay with them while visiting Phnom Penh!   They and their housemate, Kimleng, along with his almost 2 year old daughter, Anna, picked us up in a Tuk-tuk and took us back to their home. There, we met Kimleng’s wife, Sarun! The three of them joined us for dinner and taught us how to eat our traditional Cambodian meal!   The meal we ate was called Num Banh Xeo which translates to “yellow pancakes”. They are filled with meat and onions and are served with a brothy sauce and salad. What you do is take a leaf of lettuce and fill it with pieces of the pancakes, then you dip it all in the sauce! It was super delicious! Alexander had two of them! We then had fresh fruit for dessert while we chatted and learned a little bit about Cambodian culture and history. We also watched the adorable Anna play with her food and show us her excellent bilingual skills! 

When we arrived, we were greeted by Gary and Lois, my grandmother’s brother and sister-in-law, who kindly invited us to stay with them while visiting Phnom Penh! 

They and their housemate, Kimleng, along with his almost 2 year old daughter, Anna, picked us up in a Tuk-tuk and took us back to their home. There, we met Kimleng’s wife, Sarun! The three of them joined us for dinner and taught us how to eat our traditional Cambodian meal! 

The meal we ate was called Num Banh Xeo which translates to “yellow pancakes”. They are filled with meat and onions and are served with a brothy sauce and salad. What you do is take a leaf of lettuce and fill it with pieces of the pancakes, then you dip it all in the sauce! It was super delicious! Alexander had two of them! We then had fresh fruit for dessert while we chatted and learned a little bit about Cambodian culture and history. We also watched the adorable Anna play with her food and show us her excellent bilingual skills! 

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After dinner we continued chatting in the living room before bed while Anna served everyone her play food. I think Alexander is her favorite, because she fed him the most! 

Then we went to bed in Kimleng and Sarun’s bedroom, which they gave up for us! It was so incredibly sweet of them, we are very thankful for their hospitality!!