75,000 words

Sometimes you meet someone for whom there are no words to describe your friendship. Rachel and I met in September 2014 and over the past two years have become incredibly close. Last weekend she left Cambodia for good, returning to her native Texas to start a new teaching job. As is tradition when a close friend leave, I wanted to write a blog, but I couldn’t find the right words to express just how uniquely special our friendship had become. They say a photo is worth a thousand words so I decided to let some pictures do the talking. You see, for eighteen months Rachel and I have been collecting photos of the two of us whilst drinking. They’re known as Ruth and Rachel’s Drunken Selfies. The only exception to the drinking rule is when we’re on holiday (although alcohol was often involved then too). Take a journey now through the many, many, many nights out and let the photos speak.

10930991_860619497330162_4988675867192744780_n

The photo that started it all. Pontoon, March 7th 2015

11053625_10105903183410000_2282349207873425379_n

Post-dodgeball tournament, complete with referee whistle. Duplex, March 21st 2015

11086601_1099737280043571_1026964942_o

Just a regular Saturday night! Pontoon, March 28th 2015

11119478_1106473879369911_1778605548_n

No Secrets Party. Duplex, April 4th 2015

IMG_1440

Sunset on Koh Chang, Thailand. Gu Bay, April 14th 2015

11121645_10106004782873860_298180214_n

Met this young, fun Swiss boy on a night out on Koh Chang, Thailand. Himmel’s Bar, April 14th 2015

IMG_1501

Rachel’s birthday night out. I have a hat stealing compulsion when drunk. Duplex, April  18th 2015

IMG_1527

Post-Showbox free beers for Rachel’s 27th birthday. Street 330, April 21st 2015

IMG_1534

Drunken dodgeball break ball fun. Street 456, April 21st 2015

11130136_10155520562860553_2719837151796743997_n

Acquired a tiger mask from the Phnom Penh Players performance of Romeo and Juliet. A perfect selfie prop! Duplex, April 25th 2015

P1070888

Through a mosquito net. Arcadia Backpackers, Kampot, May 1st 2015

IMG_1663

We found a colourful cock to pose with! Arcadia Backpackers, Kampot, May 1st 2015

IMG_1666

A rather windy boat ride. Somewhere between Kep and Rabbit Island, May 2nd 2015

11215663_10106083522084850_902155325_o

Beers on the beach, frisbee in the sea, sunbathing on the sand. Rabbit Island, May 2nd 2015

IMG_1672

Date night. Just Ruth and Rachel and a couple of bottles of wine. Wunder Bar, April 2nd 2015

11239617_10155530230125553_5415234043496102969_n

Happy Cinco De Mayo from drunken Ruth and Rachel! We took over 80 selfies last night and I’ve narrowed it down to just these two! Someone came prepared for this picture! Pontoon, May 5th 2015

11204980_10155530230165553_1202933209678867650_n

Second Cinco De Mayo. Pontoon, May 5th 2015

 

11208898_10155539107255553_1834115062_n

Love: it’s all about the butt and legs! Howie, May 8th 2015

11212159_10155588684210553_1606383814334704714_o

Even though we didn’t go out together on Friday, we still managed to get a drunken selfie! Rachel’s bed, May 22nd 2015

11349829_10153304915649727_214238685_n

Yet another hat stealing night. Pontoon, May 23rd 2015

11412443_10155665977095553_8176409781789806374_n

It’s true, we really do! Street 450, May 30th 2015

11642157_10106292921302140_742128627_o

An insanely attractive photo of R and R here – and yes, there is a Mr Competitive sash around both offs. Thanks Brian for the loan of that. Howie, May 30th 2015

IMG_2148

Sunset and cocktail time! Living the high life in Phnom Penh and showing that, sometimes, drinking can be classy. Frangipani Hotel, June 5th 2015

P1080598

My “r” themed birthday party. Rachel was a riding cowgirl and I was a reptile. House 74, Street 450, June 6th 2015

IMG_2171

We were in the freezer at this point of my party … House 74, Street 450, June 6th 2015

IMG_2187

Selfie with the selfie wall. House 74, Street 450, June 6th 2015

11657287_10155764305515553_479883815_n

Sometimes we hang out in classy places and don’t get hideously drunk … until later in the evening. June 12th 2015

11421602_10153987906671982_733277670_n

Later that same night … Heart of Darkness, June 12th 2015

P1080625

Vietnam-Cambodia border. June 18th 2015

DCIM175GOPRO

Underwater selfie … always attractive. Pho Quoc, June 19th 2015

11124501_10106354554818080_1036562830_n

Go Pro! Phu Quoc, June 19th 2015

P1080720

Temples. Phu Quoc, June 20th 2015

12509229_10156412965065553_2713899638178637213_n

Posers! Phu Quoc, June 20th 2015

P1080775

Phu Quoc, June 20th 2015

DCIM176GOPRO

Monsoon, Phu Quoc, June 20th 2015

11717215_10106357511667530_1031880857_n

There was a neon party. Apparently. Clearly I didn’t go … July 2nd 2015

IMG_2470

Dressing up as something beginning with ‘b’ for dodgeball. Two barangs (French people in Khmer). Street 456, July 16th 2015

12804730_10156577390385553_3419789337672252833_n

Another barang shot. Street 456, July 16th 2015

10983291_10106463697879510_6670172285501232454_n

We also went dressed as disco balls for a ‘d’ themed dodgeball. Everyone was covered with glitter by the end of the night! Street 456, July 2015

11813262_10155895948210553_8275071585974701697_n

Possibly my favourite R and R selfie! Bouchon, July 2015

IMG_5184

From what we can remember, someone told us they were leaving and we tried to persuade them to stay by declaring them users if they left … Bouchon, July 2015

IMG_2811

The day Rachel left for 4 months of traveling with a backpack almost as big as her! Our 6am goodbye was almost teary .. also, I had an eye infection hence the squint! Phnom Penh airport, August 17th 2015

13043459_10156835731120553_2833275422529586931_n

And four months later she returned! Beer and tuk tuk lady joined the reunion. House 74, Street 450, January 4th 2016

13332784_10156980018205553_1087236898653921956_n

Look how happy we are to be reunited! And in our favourite restaurant once more. Jars of Clay, January 7th 2016

12552925_10107111761943930_8280953942611405949_n

Drinks! Frangipani Rooftop Bar. January 2016

12713984_10205820428862097_52084141_n

And the nights out are back! Howie, January 2016

12592462_10107156627992010_7814203611284722272_n

Heading for pork and rice with Jordan and Sophorn. Part way down Mao Tse Tung. February 2016

12650838_10107168668886960_3440824373135139654_n

Rachel came to my work one Saturday to see the village. Sovann Komar Children’s Village on the Mekong. February 2016

 

IMG_4935

A happy Nugget in our apartment … February 2016

IMG_4965

Sihanoukville. February 2016

IMG_5862

Beach selfie! Sihanoukville, 2016

P1110522

Sunset beach selfie. Sihanoukville, February 2016

p1110526

Awwww. Sihanoukville, February 2016

IMG_5864

Swimming and watching the crazies cliff-jumping. Sihanoukville, February 2016

IMG_5865

This cow joined us for a picnic … Sihanoukville, February 2016

IMG_4979

Another beach selfie. Sihanoukville, February 2016

IMG_5509

True love. Sihanoukville, February 2016

IMG_5863

Morning cocktails because why not! Sihanoukville, February 2016

IMG_5161 2

World Food Festival. Olympic Stadium, March 2016

IMG_5507

Somewhere probably on Street 51 … March 2016

IMG_5502

The middle of Mao Tse Tung on Rachel’s birthday. April 21st 2016

IMG_5503

Rachel’s birthday dodgeball. Street 456, April 21st 2016

IMG_5504

Rachel’s birthday massage. Anna’s Spa, April 2016

img_5321

A bucket list item for Rachel. Koh Rong, May 2016

IMG_5264

A photo Rachel has no recollection of. Heart of Darkness, June 2016

IMG_5508

Paint balling with Jordan and others somewhere in Kandal. June 2016

13902663_10108001398699740_6535689272436645782_n

Sunbathing with wine at Mark’s pool. August 9th 2016

14045582_10157315923700553_1313751731353927032_n

Rachel’s final dodgeball. Street 456, August 11th 2016

 

MMFC0008

Khmer-style photoshoot to finish off Rachel’s time in Cambodia! Monivong Boulevard, August 12th 2016

MMFC0011Posing as a couple! Monivong Boulevard, August 12th 2016
MMFC0013

Jumping for joy! Monivong Boulevard, August 12th 2016

MMFC0014

Cheese! Monivong Boulevard, August 12th 2016

MMFC0005

We had to get a pic of us taking a pic … Monivong Boulevard, August 12th 2016

IMG_5906

Final night out. Thanks to Mervin and David for the loan of your glasses. Reggae Rooftop, August 12th 2016

IMG_5908

The last ever photo … snap chatted. August 12th 2016

Rachel, Cambodia won’t be the same without you. Love you always. x

Advertisements
Categories: Adventure, Angkor Wat, Beach, Beaches, Cambodia, Dodgeball, Dress Up, Expat, Photos, Photoshoot, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: