After the nightmare

After the accident, I spent some “recovery time” in the Cambodian seaside village of Kep and its neighboring island, Koh Tonsay. Kep was once a beach resort for Khmer royalty but after the Viet Cong and Khmer Rouge bombed and pillaged the living hell out of the place in the ’70’s, all that is left are ruins of mass-destruction, now taken by overgrown jungle, wild monkeys, and local squatters.P5142578

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Against the heavy sky overhead the stormy rainy-season seas, Kep is a moody little ville with many a sad reminder of yesteryear, but I found the locals to have a strong spirit, finding simple pleasures in the beautiful tropical landscape and in quality time with family over a bowl of fish amok…and pina coladas made from the coconut of the front-yard palm tree.

fish amok in fresh coconut cream

fish amok in fresh coconut cream

Koh Tonsay

Koh Tonsay

there are little family-run crab shacks all along the beach

there are little family-run crab shacks all along the beach. i sat, and stared, and ate.

The nights are quiet and on the island of Koh Tonsay, electricity only runs from sunset until 10 pm, when the only sounds become the orchestra of jungle critters and lizards that sound like someone playing Duck Hunt on Nintendo.

sunset on Koh Tonsay

sunset on Koh Tonsay

By the way, they stitched Nico, the French guy I was on the motorbike with when we crashed head on into the car, up to the nines. His tongue, his mouth, his head, his hands, his body…and he has to go back to France to get new teeth.

Nico on the right a few days after. A little Snatch-esque, eh?

Nico on the right a few days after. A little Snatch-esque, eh?

Me? I’m alright physically. But I can’t shake the mental image of the still, lifeless body lying in a pool of blood on the dimly lit streets of 2 am Phnom Penh. How did Hollywood know what a dead body hit by a car looks like? They really get it right in all the movies. Did some art director witness it first hand and re-create a model dead body to follow?

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~ by ceciliabien on May 18, 2009.

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