We were delighted when FamiliesGo! asked us to write a guest post, and jumped on the opportunity to write about one of our favorite places: Cambodia. The first of our two posts is called Angkor Management: Touring Angkor Wat With a Toddler. We hope it encourages other parents to bring their kids to Angkor Wat and the beautiful surrounding Temples of Angkor. If you enjoy the post or find it helpful, please “like” or tweet it. FamiliesGo! is a great resource for families who love to travel and explore!
The dashboard digital clock on our rental Volkswagen Polo showed 12:05 a.m. as we exited the mountain-pass tunnel in rural Iceland. The stars lit up the midnight-blue sky and the snowcapped mountain peaks loomed off to the west, our left. We were looking for the Northern Lights and had already been driving around for the past several hours, so far to no avail.
Christmas is big in Vietnam.
After Seattle, we headed to the other big city in the PNW: Portland. Like parts of Seattle, such as the Fremont neighborhood, Portland is teeming with coffee shops; interesting-looking restaurants (we tried several, all of which were outstanding); urban gardens; hybrid cars; and hipsters.
A classic Portland moment for me came while driving back from a superb French restaurant, St. Jack, full of Bordeaux and locally-raised lamb neck at about 11 p.m., and seeing a group of 40-50 twenty-something hipsters playing dodgeball in a floodlit park. One gets the sense, at moments like that, that Williamsburg may have gone to sleep on the East Coast and then woken up to discover that it had become an entire city on the West Coast, except with more trees, fewer seasons, and no L train.
We previously blogged about the fact that everyone in the Pacific Northwest is nice and even tempered. Since that time, unfortunately, we have found the exception that proves the rule: Orcas Island Ferry Terminal employees. (Our opinions of residents of the places we visit are of course carefully reached through the foolproof and time-tested methodology of observing one or two examples of behavior and then reaching sweeping generalized conclusions based thereon.) Sadly, it seems that ferry terminal employees in the PNW can be just as salty as the water their passengers travel over.
Our friend and traveling companion Elle learned this the hard way on our way back to Seattle from Orcas Island when she had the following exchange with a ferry terminal employee: