15 August, 2010
To Wat Opot Children's Community...
Rising the next morning, I went down to breakfast where I met a nice girl who was leaving the city the next day to head back to the states. She had been in Phnom Penh for a few months on an internship with her university. After eating the only vege thing on the menu for breakfast (veggies, tofu and rice) and some coffee, I walked down to the corner where I was instructed to find Tamap, a tuk tuk driver who will take me to Wat Opot (an hour and half drive). Tuk tuk’s are everwhere and as soon as you take a step out of a hotel, restaurant or anywhere, you hear voices saying “Miss, need a ride?"
I politely said no as I walked to the corner. No large sized driver was seen, so I asked another tuk tuk driver if he knew where Tamap was. He said he didn’t know Tamap, but HE could take me anywhere. I declined and walked across the street and asked another. This guy said Tamap was somewhere and would be back for 3 days. With a questioning look, I said, Hmmmmm...OK. and I proceeded to the next guy. When this guy also said Tamap was at the same place and after counting on his fingers held up 3 and said that was when he would be back, I had my 2nd opinion and realized Tamap was not here. This guy then said that he would take me to Wat Opot for $15, which is the price Wayne said I would have to pay. I told him to pick me up at my hotel at 10am.
At 9:50 there he was waiting for me so me and my backpacks hopped in and we were off!