|Not good, as strong winds fan the flames..|
Just over 2 weeks since setting foot back in Sihanoukville, and during those 2 weeks I've seen the place burn down, been trapped by monsoon storms and had a snake drop in for lunch. Ok, so I've exaggerated a little - the place didn't really burn down, just one of the shacks on Independence Beach. Yes, it was high drama for a while though as a column of smoke quickly turned into a raging inferno. Constructed of bamboo and thatch, and with strong winds to contend with, the race was on to stop this spreading to the adjoining shacks. An aged fire engines rolls up about 15 minutes later, but it's all to late to save this shack. Thankfully the fire didn't spread, no injuries and the actual business end, the cooking station etc, wasn't effected. Another, more modern fire engine turns up, but all that's left by this time are smouldering timbers and charred beams. According to the shack owners next door, a BBQ charcoal was to blame. A beach hawker with their BBQs on a pole decided to park rather too close to the shack, probably trying to shelter from the strong winds.
Approaching the monsoon season since there have been frequent showers, downpours and thunderstorms. Most of the prolonged rain seems to be during the night, and showers by day which actually is ideal because the heat is temperedsomewhat and the place cools down significantly. It's humid, but not oppressively hot, even when the sun shines their isn't that fierce heat found in India, or southern Europe during summer, for example. More cloud than sun though - I like it that way since again the heat less, and if there is a breeze, the humidity is less noticeable too. Overall, January was the hotter month having more direct sunlight, while humidity levels remain more or less the same. One day last week, it did rain the entire day, with a torrential morning downpour trapping people inside cafes for about an hour before giving way to a steady drizzle. Thunder, lightening and a hurricane force wind all in the mix making things look a bit dodgy for a time.
|Lunch, but who or what is the target?|
So, life continues on the beach mainly and with around 10 days left in Cambodia the emphasis is going to be on looking for more snakes - just kidding, actually it's going to be spent maximising time for rest and relaxation.