In between trips I had a couple of weeks off. I got pressured into going back to Siem Reap (all it took was the promise of a free t-shirt!) for the water festival and to be in the boat racing. My company sponsored a boat and I have to say we were not very good. We won 1 out of our 6 races. This is our team. At least we LOOK good!
Waiting for our turn
This picture shows the boats all sitting on the water waiting to be called for their next race. The festival celebrates the end of the rainy season.
This shows a couple of the teams in a heated race.
Getting Ready for the First Race
These two teams are waiting for the start of their race.
The race lasts over 2 days and becomes a large party for all the locals. They set up food stalls everywhere. This lady is selling rice mixed with beans.
These are some sort of shrimp pancakes. The shrimp are still in the shell. I am not sure what holds them together but they sell like hotcakes.
One of the cooking burners caught fire and scattered everyone until it burned itself out.
Pickled Tamarind and Rice
This is some sort of pickled tamarind and they are selling rice cooked in bamboo.
And where there is a party
Cambodians have a hard time picking up trash on the best of days. I was really surprised to see this boat out cleaning the river before the second day of festivities.
At least our boat did not sink during the races like this boat did. Our boat did sink during practice and I have to say the river is probably the dirtiest body of water I have ever been in!!
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