*all photography is my own, unless my iPhone photos were too dire to use - in which case my dad and sister's "real" cameras step up to the plate… nonetheless, these are surpidingly few and far between; I do think I managed to remove some of the prejudices associated with my camera of choice, by the end of the holiday! Don't knock the phone of many faculties.
|This seemed a suitably traditional image to open with|
Siem Reap, Cambodia. The first of three destinations in our Asian Adventure. This was my second ever 'multi-centre' holiday - and my first knowing what multi-centre actually means! It does mean living out of a suitcase for the large part, but this actually didn't bother me. For one, I hate unpacking. Secondly, I hate packing. So it was a win-win situation really.
|That's a lotta lotus |
|Permission to steal the the|
lotus leaf plate?
In addition to lemongrass, Cambodia's other abundant offering was lotus flowers. They used them for decoration, served it as tea - for the higher quality teas, I learnt that it can take up to one thousand lotus flowers per kilogram to make! It is done by either filling lotus flowers with green tea leaves, or baking the green tea leaves with the entire stamen of the flower (credit to wikipedia for giving me the second piece of information…!) It is a lovely tea; a slightly more floral aroma than green tea, and slightly sweeter too. It is probably more comparable to jasmine tea.
Before this holiday, I had never really drunk iced tea, but it became my drink of choice! I am still a bit tentative with fruit juice based drinks, due to the headache that would be trying to guess the insulin dose needed; a combination of the heat and exercise meant that my blood sugars were yo-yoing slightly more as it was. However, I want to use my next year of uni to do a bit of trial and error testing with drinks, as I am long overdue a cocktail! Sometimes, with diabetes, it is a case of going with your gut, taking a little leap of faith, and it will work itself out in the end.
|Iced lotus tea time|
|Dad and Watermelon juice, aka elixir |
of the devil… I can't stand melon!
|wine isn't a thing in Asia… much to my disappointment!|
Here's another capture of the lotus flower modelling - I have to say, outside the photo these did not stay on for long! We accumulated quite a collection, as they used to serve them in all your cocktails/iced tea. As i mentioned earlier, I drank a lot of iced tea… and coffee! I am a bit of a coffee fiend, and one thing I had heard, before coming to this part of the world, was about the 'famous' coffee and teas. I experienced a moment probably familiar to all t1 diabetics, where you sip the drink and you detect a sweetness that is not down to artificial stevia! Charlotte ordered an "iced latte", me an "iced cappuccino". Turns out that, with the cappuccino, they took the liberty of adding the sugar syrup in for you! Being the lovely girl my sister is, she agreed to swap with me. As I mentioned earlier - drinks are a pesky business; the couple of occasions on which I did order a cocktail at uni, it was with me practically falling into the bar because I was straining my neck, trying to see if any weird and wonderful (but diabetes woeful) syrup was added!
|photo credit: tumblr|
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