I couldn't help myself but to laugh when I saw an amazing site in Phnom Penh the other day. I was on a motobike stopped at a red light and on the corner was a gas station. And what was at the gas station filling up? An ambulance. Okay, ambulances need gas, too, but this one had a patient on a gurney! The door was open for some fresh air (I guess) so I could see her. Only in Cambodia!
Last night I had a short adventure. I was scheduled to meet some friends at a restaurant called Metro on the Riverside. At the appointed time, I walked downstairs and discovered that the entire street was flooded. I don't mean inches - I mean feet!
I went back upstairs and put on my dairy boots that I brought from California, carrying my dress shoes in my hands. I went along the curb in one direction, but it was too deep and the water would have started filling up my knee-high rubber boots, so I went the other direction with the same result.
Not one to give up, I stood there trying to think of a solution (no - I didn't have a boat), as cyclos and dead motos were pushed through the hip-high water down the street. My neighborhood tuk-tuk driver decided to drag his tuk-tuk from the opposite side of the street where it was engulfed to the alley on my side of the street. Bingo! I offered him $5 to drag his moto with me in it to the end of the street (or how ever many necessary to get to a water level where I could walk. He thought about it for a minute then decided the money was worth the effort. So, I climbed in with water higher than the floor-boards and sat on the dry seat as he huffed and puffed along the river/street. He made it to the next alley, which had access to dry land unlike my alley which is a dead end. This was a very short distance so I negotiated a $3 fee.
I made it to the restaurant to meet my friends and we had a fun (and dry) evening!