As I was listening to an acoustic music CD, a friend of mine who I was chatting with online asked me if there are other postcards from Cambodia aside from the usual Angkor Wat and other ancient temples that I’ve been sending out. Of course, I felt a bit offended. She sounded a bit snotty. I told her there are other kinds of views but they are more expensive and limited.
Now that she flagged my attention, I went to check my postcards box to see if I have indeed in my possession some non-Angkor Wat, non-temple, postcards. I was happy to find this:
Scary? Hell, yeah! I bet all hell will break loose if ever I’d encountered one crawling on my limbs. Just as I had this thought, the music I was listening to rose to a somewhat dramatic. Sounded like a six-year-old-kid playing Fender Stratocaster guitar center. Hah. With that as background music, I’m giving you a bit of info about this postcard.
Here’s the deal. There’s a town in Cambodia, halfway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, called Kampong Cham. Buses from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, and vice versa, stop here for a short time for rest and food and to pick up some more passengers. This is also the place where the popular a’ping or local tarantulas come from and offered/sold as snacks. Along with crickets, termites, grasshoppers, and many other bugs, they are considered a delicacy in Cambodia and neighbouring countries. Some other enterprising locals offer live tarantulas as props for photograph. For a fee, you can pose for the camera with the tarantula.
So there you have it. Friends, yes, this postcard is for swap but I’m not currently entertaining private exchanges. You can see from my side bar the list of countries where my postcards are from. If you’re country is not in it, then, by all means, please drop me a line.