Home sweet homeFebruary 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 11 °C
Feels good but sad
Flights home require a mindset of - openness.... going with the flow. In all by the time we get home we will have set foot in 5 airports with over 30 hours of travel time.
But there is something special about overpriced croissants and coffee that makes you feel at home!Read more
Flight from Phnom Penh airport delayed an hour on an already very tight connection.
"1 hour taxi" - very little English speaking driver got us across the city in approximately 30 minutes.
Had to get our tickets from a security guard across the street because the vendor we bought them from closed early ( good work AK for catching that detail in the fine print a couple of days before)
Then board the....... Old..... Overnight train to Chiang Mai. Surprise it wasn't a 10 hour ride it was almost 14 hours but I slept better on that train than I have the whole trip.
Arrived at our gorgeous, luxurious hostel to take warm showers ( first one since Bangkok) and set out to explore the city.
See next post for dinner 😊Read more
Choeung Ek killing fields.... Just the name of the place says enough. We were surprised by how peaceful this place of so many deaths was. The government and non-profits have memorialized the killing fields and made it so others can come to learn about the devastation that happened in the late 1970's. Complete with audio tour, museum, and stupor full of the bones of those tossed into mass graves at this site. It was a very sombering morning and our tuk tuk driver even waited so he could take us back to the city.
After the last two days of learning about mass killings in brutal murders it was very evident that we needed a break in to do something fun. So naturally that means going to shopping mall.wind up getting coffee and found this adorable French bakery that serves the most delicious pastries before we headed back to our hostel to get ready for the evenings adventure.
Traditional Dance show. I've seen shows of similar variety in other countries ( Uganda, Ecuador, Peru) and I always find them to be very entertaining and insightful to the history and culture of the countries that we're in. it took a little bit of convincing to get AK on board but I'm glad we did it. Say the spectacular show and unlike anything I had seen before.Read more
Moving to bullet style for the sake of efficiency. It was kind of a heavy day so we are going to go play board games at the cafe next door to chill. Before potentially watching the Angelina Jolie movie about the Cambodian Genocide on Netflix. I'll let you know how that goes...
Genocide museum- S21 a prison torture center to get confessions out of prisoners ( anyone against the Khmer Rouge) and holding space before the captives before being taken to the killing fields to be executed. We opted to split up the museum and killing fields instead of doing them both in the same day for emotional reasons. And I didn't take any photos at s21...(see AKs post for a few) the facility was a school before the regime took over and used the classrooms as holding cells and torture rooms. It was a very sombering experience, but I'm glad we have the chance to at least get a glimpse of what really happened in those three dark years in 1970.
National museum- beautiful open air museum which flows from early 6th century writings on stone tablets, through modern (20th century) kings clothing and art. Full if statues and pieces from the temples all over the country. I'm glad we were able to see the temples in person first, then see the persevered and extra special pieces on display.
***David's Restaurant Homemade Noodles**
Davids noodle house has been the shining star of the day- we had pineapple shake, dumplings, spring rolls, soup with hand pulled noodles. If you ever find yourself on this side of the planet- make an extra effort to eat noodles at Davids. By far the best food we have had on this trip. Absolutely delicious.Read more
Life on this little corner of the world is..... Wonderfully weird. Everything is tracked through your room, no money is exchanged until you check out, no WiFi, people from all over the world, and scheduled activities in the evenings are some of my favorite parts. This of course excludes the given- incredible sunrises/sunsets, crystal blue water, and gorgeous white sand beaches.
I can definitely see why travelers and locals flock to the islands.
But I will say that after 4 days "Roughing it" under mosquito nets and sand everywhere it is good to be headed back to city life today. We are both moderately sunburned and going to have to take 2 boats and a bus to get to our next destination-- here's to hoping it goes relatively smoothly.Read more