Phnom Penh Coffee Wars 2013

‘War’ might not be the right term. More like ‘rock festival’, or ‘termite invasion’, or something that implies hoards descending upon a location. Over the last few months in the capital there’s been a rapid expansion of the existing big players on the scene: 14 Blue Pumpkins opened on a…

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Here Be Dragons: Navigating Battambang

An old term used to denote areas of the sea that hadn’t been navigated, ‘here be dragons’ is an apt metaphor for exploring the sleepy backwater that is also Cambodia’s second largest city. Quaint. Charming. Old colonial architecture. Those are fitting descriptors for Battambang, a lovely if quiet escape from…

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Phnom Penh Coffee Smackdown

Phnom Penh. 6:00am. Sun breaking over the Mekong; ladies in pajamas flapping their arms in synchronized ecstasy to Akon along the river, chickens scratching, café workers stoking their charcoal fires in the cool morning air. Time to slog off to your NGO / English School / Massage Parlor, and last…

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