Aloha from the hammock! So today is Tuesday which means I’ve now been here for a week, not that you couldn’t tell that already by my feeble tan (auburn tone) in comparison to the rest of the island. So anyway, things here are pretty magic and kind of hard to sum up in a few words but I’ll give it go. So this time last week, Gen (who had picked me up from Sihanoukville) and I were on the Island Hopper heading over here to Koh Rong Samloem completely unaware of just how immense this place and the people are. I was greeted at the pier by my new Frontier family for the next month: Jenn and Max, who as it turns out, only lives 20 minutes away from me back home!
So things got off to a festive start with it being Khmer New Year over here, which lasts for about 3-4 days. Which is just as well because with all the talc wars that took place, I think there might be a talc draught for the next year on this island!
A few days later and the New Years celebrations have come and gone, so work begins! Starting with lectures from Jenn and then the task of learning the fish cards; a few mini tests later and I am beginning my spot tests, which are proving tricky as whenever we go for a snorkel my eyes become bigger than my brain and I seem to get lost in awe of this underwater paradise. Something I am trying to work on, but just you try it and maybe you’ll see what I am talking about.
My first week here was wrapped up with a beach BBQ with Toi- our local staff member- and his friends who had kindly cooked some delicious Jacks for us to feast on while we took in the pretty unbelievable view on long beach.
So, all in all, things are pretty magic here on Koh Rong Samloem.
By Ellie Hewer, Marine Research Assitant volunteer
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