Bonus post: photos from a weekend trip to Kep with Nina, Kuoch, and Tabea! Check them out on Facebook.

The seaside town of Kep and the accompanying Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsai) have been on my checklist ever since Piseth came back from a trip there in September or October, citing it as one of the most beautiful places in the world. While I’m not sure I’d give it that much of an accolade, it was a wonderful weekend (though punctuated with a number of strange troubles, everything just a little bit off).

Today (Tuesday) is a public holiday, so I asked PIO if I could take Monday off to make a four-day weekend, then asked Nina, Piseth, and Kuoch if they wanted to come. Unfortunately, Piseth is crazy-busy, but Nina and Kuoch could both come. And coincidentally, Tabea (another year-long volunteer from Germany) had just asked Nina the same thing, so we ended up as a group of four.

We left Phnom Penh on Friday night (in a dangerously overcrowded share-taxi van), stayed in Kampot for the night, and continued to Kep and Rabbit Island in the morning. On Sunday, we came back from the island and the three women left, while I stayed behind and ended up going on a hike in Kep National Park. Monday morning I went to see the caves at Wat Kiri Seila, and in the afternoon took a bus back to Phnom Penh.

I only have two full weekends left now, and both of them will be spent in Phnom Penh…just too busy with end-of-term work to go on any more vacations. But I’m glad I got this chance, both to go to Kep, and to hang out with these three one more time.