In Travel Bloggers on Monday 20th Aug, 2018

‘I ate deep-fried tarantula in Cambodia… and then nearly stepped on a land mine’

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I hired a car and driver and intended to make the day’s journey to Siem Reap. My first requested stop was the village of Skuon, tarantula capital of Cambodia (I’m a face-ya-fears kinda person, lol). 

When we arrived, a small boy ran up and said, “Hey lady, want to see my spider?” 

I had no idea just how bloody big these things were and when he dragged it out of his pocket I nearly died.

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What was that mum used to say about playing with your food? Source: Glenn Craig

Anyway there I was, getting my $1 photo taken with this monster. The next step was fried spider, the local delicacy. What does it taste like? Revolting, that’s what! I pushed it down with some delicious mango sold by small local children… much better.

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Deep-fried tarantulas are best eaten with a fresh mango chaser. Source: Glenn Craig

We travelled on and found the road still flooded from a downpour the week before, so I found a little hotel for the night. Up the road was a small village and behind that was some temple ruins nobody visits. I couldn’t wait to have a sticky… it was stunning and I got so carried away with my camera that I did the dumbest thing I’ve ever done – I left the path! 

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The temple ruins Glenn was visiting before she made a terrifying discovery. Source: Glenn Craig

I’d only gone a few metres and… there it was. I’d never seen a land mine before, but I just knew what it was and my fear was instant. I was terrified. I took a photo to show someone, then made my way back.

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Yep. That’s a land mine. Source: Glenn Craig

The local police started yelling and phoning once they saw my photo, and it was chaos. I showed them where to go and apparently it had been unearthed by the recent floodwater. The village folk, as a thank you, gave me bags of lollies that were awful and wooden cranes that move in the breeze that are beautiful.

I still can’t believe I was so bloody stupid and so lucky, all on the same day.

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The wooden cranes that were gifted to Glenn as thanks for alerting authorities about the land mine she discoered. Source: Glenn Craig

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