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Light reading, newspapers, cafes and coffee…

August 28, 2008

These are a few of my favourite things… When I set off travelling it’s usually someplace where English is not the common language nor the favourite. So I always have to put one or two days aside, from place to place, just to sit in a cafe with a coffee mulling over a book or newspaper. I think of it as my slow way of soaking in the culture. And not being phased by it all. Let’s be honest here, travelling can be a stressful experience and those who tell you differently are telling you, just perhaps, a teeny weeny little white….

If you are not a seasoned traveller and you head off somewhere ambitious preferring the roads less travelled, and spoken for that fact, then you do need time to soak it all in before setting off on your mini tour de france punishinglike trip.

What better way than to explore and enjoy the local cafes, tea shops and coffee houses. Cambodia boasts some great locally grown coffee, with cafes to boot. The coffee is dark looking almost sinister but with a light nutty aroma. Usually brewed in a similar way to Vietnamese coffee minus the carnation milk, or condensed milk like in Laos.

It looks like you can stand a spoon up in it, but once you take your first sip…ahhhh its all a relaxed downhill cruise home. Then you are ready to set out and explore.

taken by Cate

taken by Cate

 

If you haven’t been to SE Asia, here’s your first cup of coffee from this region.

Caffeinated Traveller

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2 Comments
  1. Erin McDermott permalink
    September 3, 2008 10:09 am

    Oh! this sounds just too good.

  2. Cate permalink*
    September 4, 2008 6:34 am

    Erin! Lovely to hear from you. I knew you would get a buzz out of the coffee (literally) and the travel. I remember those days wehn we use to sit around the Naff Cafe and sup on lattes after a good ole mountain bike ride ahhhhh.
    So whena re you coming back to Asia

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