The Labour of Leisure – Where in the World Does the Time Go?

I’m aware of the phenomenon that a task will take as long as the time you have to do it. And I recognize that we’re five people who all have their own priorities. I even accept that we have a couple of dilly dalliers in our group. Hello Rob!

But where in the world does the time go?!

Waiting out a down pour in Phnom Penh

It’s a mystery to me.

It’s not like we’re travelling about every single day. Well, most days we do some bit of exploring. But we do have almost every evening off.

It’s 2:43 p.m. here in Siem Reap, Cambodia and we have about 75 minutes of ‘free time’ before our ride to our new hotel arrives in the lobby of the Le Meridien Angkor where we just stayed the last four nights.

The day whizzed by. We slept in a bit (7 a.m.). Admittedly we had a leisurely breakfast. Why not? We went for a long walk to check out the hotel we were considering moving to. Thumbs up! We got back around noon and cooled off in the pool. Fed the kids. Packed the bags. Here I am. Aside from breakfast, not one minute of time.

Okay, okay.

The pool was leisure time.

And I guess the walk was too. Kind of.

My point remains the same though. There are literally not enough hours in the day. At 4 p.m. we’ll move hotels. Check in. Go for dinner. Cool off in the pool. Make sure our transport to the Angkor Complex is good to go. And then head off to bed. Oh right, the kids have to fit in school. Hannah met her teacher online for a chat this morning. Emma checked for the next chapter of reading.  Ben prepared his future post on hamburgers (stay tuned!).

Somehow I have a long list of things that are still undone:

  • I have to find and book a place to stay in Argentina for Christmas. We’re running out of time!
  • We have to find some tooth paste. And some none-bleaching sunscreen lotion.
  • I have to research hotels in Bangkok Thailand. We’re probably heading there on Sunday or Monday.
  • I have to figure out how we’re getting from Siem Reap to Bangkok.
  • Catch up on posts.
  • Most importantly I have to find some Bangkok options for a girl’s getaway. So sorry Karen!

Good grief, it took us a whole morning to pick up our tickets to visit Angkor. We later found out that we could have picked them up on the way! Oh well.

Yesterday we were all exhausted after a long and amazing day exploring Angkor Wat and some nearby temples and a palace. Thank goodness for our tuk tuk.

I’m not complaining. And I’m not rubbing it in. Honest.

But I just want anyone who is waiting for us to do some thing that we haven’t done yet, to know we’re not wasting our time. Much. We just don’t have much of it left at the end of the day.

Cheers from Siem Reap! It’s 3:20 p.m. now. Maybe I should have been more productive the last 40 minutes.

As always, thanks for checking in on us.

XO Colleen

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