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Needle in a Haystack

Hi it’s Liv and Alden.

Today was a sunny, majestic, sweaty, busy day here along the Mighty Mekong. We started the day off at a ripe 3 AM and headed, by bike, to Angkor Wat. Buzzing with excitement, we waited for the sun to rise from behind the temple. Once the sun was up, we explored the rest of the ruins. After the tiring day, we jumped into the swimming pool at the guesthouse – this is the first hostel that has one and we are putting it to use for sure!

Liv, after a relaxing three minutes in the pool, lost her (last spare) contact lens in the water. Normally, we would have simply laughed and gone on with our pool games. However, because Liv is pretty blind and stubborn about wearing her glasses, we HAD to find it. We proceeded to search the entire pool for an hour. Our method: walking in precise circles with our hands cupped in front of us, hoping to pick it up along the way. Of course, we were not successful, as we have concluded that finding a contact lens in a pool is more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack.

Liv will, alas, have to resort to her glasses for the rest of the trip. That is, unless we find the lens during tomorrow’s expected search.