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Phnom Penh

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  • Day5

    Phnom Penh

    October 13 in Cambodia

    Auf der Fahrt von Siem Reap nach Phnom Penh bestand die Landschaft hauptsächlich aus Wasser und Reisfeldern. Die meisten Häuser sind hier auf Stelzen gebaut, da es sehr oft Überschwemmungen gibt. Wir haben auch einen kurzen Stopp bei einem Insektenmarkt gemacht...die Einheimischen hier essen Spinnen, Skorpione und jede Menge verschiedene Insekten. Ein harter Anblick für einen Vegetarier :)
    Morgen steht eine Tour durch die Hauptstadt Phnom Penh am Programm.
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  • Day15

    Phnom Penh

    October 16 in Cambodia

    Bin seit gestern in der Hauptstadt Phnom Penh. Unterkunft ist auch ganz nett. War heute mit Julie in der Stadt unterwegs, wieder mal ein paar Tempel anschauen, abends beim Night market und Standl essen für 1,50 € (köstlich!). Essen ist irgendwie nie recht scharf, leider oder Gott sei Dank... ich weiß es nicht ;) außerdem fällt mir das Feilschen schwer - und ihr wisst, dass ich das als Schnäppchenjägerin normalerweise aus dem FF beherrsche 😀 hier tun mir die Leute aber ein wenig leid - und mir ist es einfach egal, ob ich 2 oder 3 Dollar für eine 20 minütige Tuk Tuk Fahrt bezahle.Read more

  • Day16

    Haben heute das Tuol Sleng Gefängnis S21 und die Killing Fields besucht. Man gewann einen sehr realistischen und äußerst bewegenden Einblick in das Regime der Roten Khmer unter dem Führer Pol Pot, das die Republik Kampuchea, wie Kambodscha vormals hieß, beherrschte. Beschönigt wird nichts - man sieht sogar noch das Blut an den Zellenwänden und die Kleidungsüberreste in den Massengräbern. Das Gefängnis war zuvor eine Schule - Bildung wurde von den Roten Khmer strikt abgelehnt, ein Bauernstaat sollte errichtet werden. Schon wer eine Brille trug, galt als intellektuell und wurde gefoltert und ermordet. Es gibt nichts zu beschönigen, wenn mehr als ein Viertel der Gesamtbevölkerung durch die eigene (!) Bevölkerung aus nichtigen Gründen einfach ausgelöscht wird. Und das war vor nicht mal 50 Jahren, Ende der 70er Jahre. von 8 Millionen Einwohnern wurden über 3 Millionen qualvoll ermordet. Habe nicht viel fotografiert, nur ein paar Einblicke anbei :Read more

  • Day1

    Phnom Penh

    March 6, 2017 in Cambodia

    After a 24 hour journey, 3 hours sleep and in need of a shower I arrived in Phnom Penh. In South East Asia anyone who has visited mentions the culture shock, only once you are there, seeing it and living it with your own senses can you understand what this means. I spent the 30 minutes from the airport glued to my window, unable to take my eyes off what was going on around me. Thanks to my lovely taxi driver, Jun Yort, I arrived at the hotel safe and sound. Dinner was at a lovely restaurant called Touk followed by a walk along the Mekong River.

    Today was a very full on day, starting with a walk around the Kings Palace, which was breathtaking and rumour has it he's still not married, so hoping for an introduction soon. However, the activities that followed were shocking to say the least. Visiting both the killing fields and the genocide museum there's very little I can say to justify the atrocity of the events of Pol Pot. Meeting a survivor of these events put into perspective how terrible this genocide really was.

    But to end on a positive note, the beer is $0.50 and I can eat a meal fit for 3 under $5.
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  • Day59

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    February 20, 2017 in Cambodia

    To get to Cambodia's capital from Vietnam, we took a bus across the border. The border crossing was quite the experience as we waited in a large open warehouse building that looked like it was decorated for Halloween with the amount of spider webs hanging from the ceiling. The only system that existed was to push your way past the cluster of people and hand your documents with some money inside to the immigration official in order to quickly get a stamp to cross the border. We paid our bus representative $2 each for this "expedite" service as did all the other passengers on the bus however I think he pocketed all the money or didn't pay enough since our group was the last through but not the last to arrive. Once that experience was done, we got back on the bus for a few more hours of driving. It was evident that the countryside of Cambodia was quite a bit different from anything we saw in Vietnam, almost reminding us a bit of India. The poverty was visible where as in Vietnam it wasn't noticeable even in the rural parts; maybe a clear difference between a socialist community and a democratic one.

    Once we arrived to the city, we were aggressively harassed by every tuk tuk driver for a ride, more so than any other country we've been to, so we refused out of principle and sat down at happy hour for a few beers at 75 cents each and then walked off the beer on our way to our hotel.

    The following day we visited S-21 and the killing fields which are now educational sites capturing the genocide of the Khmer Rouge. In less than 5 years during the late 1970's, this political party led by Pol Pot was responsible for around 2 million deaths in a country with only 8 million people. The Khmer Rouge wanted to reset their society to what they called "year 0", free of modern influences and back to the old ways of farming instead of city life, so entire cities were relocated to rural areas where high production rates were demanded with harsh living conditions. A monetary system was no longer used and any intellectuals were considered threats to their vision, so anyone with glasses or a doctor or lawyer or other threat was detained, interrogated, and tortured in places like S-21 which was an old school turned into a prison. Once the prisoners admitted to usually a false accusation, they would be sent to the killing fields to be killed.

    The killing fields captured the reality of the crimes since they have built a mausoleum that houses the piles of bones and skulls collected on site. Nearly every skull in the monument had a missing chunk of bone since the victims were generally killed by blunt force to the head. Bullets or other means were not used since that would be too expensive and loud.

    All around the site there were craters in the ground which were the mass graves found that still unearth remains from the victims today. The Khmer Rouge would kill an entire family that was a threat, with one of their slogans being "to dig up the grass you must remove even the roots", which led to probably the saddest part of the tour, the killing tree. This was a tree where babies would be killed by being struck against the trunk of the tree, which is now dedicated in memory to the youngest victims.

    Both sites were disturbing but preserved with pictures and artifacts to allow us to learn about this horrific time in Cambodia's history. The most shocking part to us was how little this is talked about in the US and how recent this atrocity occurred. The fact that a quarter of a nation's population was killed less than a decade before we were born in an era with modern communication is still a bit unreal. We're glad we were able to learn more about this and hopefully pass on the awareness to those reading our posts!
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  • Day70

    We went downtown on Thursday night to check out the riverfront. The Mekong and the Tonle come together here, and together they are wide. And its beautiful, all done up with lights and flags, and flowers and all. We found a rooftop bar just down the street from the Royal Palace, had some appetizers and then went down the street to do it all again, on the roof tops, as advertised.
    We sat in another bar thinking we could hear karaoke. And when we actually got there, it was the house band. Oh well, the beer was cold and the view amazing, so we stayed. Grabbed some ice cream for the tuktuk ride home which Jackie remembers as being really good.Read more

  • Day90

    As of 0001 San Antonio, Texas time, 1 September 2018, I am now officially retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant after serving for 26 years.

    THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    -- by Robert Frost, first published 1916

    Over and out. ✌️
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  • Day75

    TV and Air Con

    August 17 in Cambodia

    Enough was enough. I was so hot that I checked out of the hostel and moved to a hotel room. So today, I'm staying cool inside a nice room and watching TV.

    Thanks to my awesome friend Dano, this morning FedEx delivered an emergency care package with new glasses. My good pair broke and my backup pair were are scratched and bent, so these new ones and perfect. Thanks, Dano!

    Out for now. ✌️

  • Day76

    Sick Day

    August 18 in Cambodia

    So much for my Saturday night plans with the Phnom Penh Hashers at their annual awards banquet. I'm sick with a bad cough and really sore throat. Robitussin and amoxicillin should clear it up in a couple of days. Really cool how you can get both of those from a pharmacist and don't have to go to a doctor.

    Time to let the drugs do their job. Out for now. ✌️

  • Day68

    Relaxing by the pool

    August 10 in Cambodia

    Yesterday was a great day doing pretty much all of the major tourist traps. I even snuck away from my tuktuk driver at one stop to hit the Hard Rock, which was just past the US Embassy (pic of nothing below).

    I've booked a bus to Siem Reap in the morning, the location of the infamous Angkor Wat. Today, I'm just hanging out at the hostel. Pool, food, drinks, wifi...why not. There's a Seeing Hands (blind masseuses) massage parlor about five house down, so I'll hit that later if I can drag myself off the couch.

    I'm loving this very flexible schedule. I feel like a teenager who doesn't have to go to school. Sleep when I want, eat when I want, walk around or not, couch potato or not. Awesome! I can't believe I've been traveling for more than two months already, and I'm not tired of it!

    Out for now. 🥔
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Phnom Penh, ፕኖም ፔን, بنوم بنه, Горад Пнампень, Пном Пен, Phnum Pény, প্‌নম পেন, ཕོམ་ཕེན།, پنۆم پێن, Phnompenh, Πνομ Πενχ, Pnom-Peno, Nom Pen, پنوم‌پن, Pnom Pen, פנום פן, नामपेन्ह, Phnompen, Պնոմպեն, PNH, プノンペン, პნომპენი, ភ្នំពេញ, 프놈펜, Pnompenis, Pnompeņa, पनॉम पेन, ဖနွမ်းပင်မြို့, Phnom-Penh, Пномпень, فنوم پن, Pnom Pene, Пном Пэнь, Phnom Pénh, புனோம் பென், พนมเปญ, فنوم پېن, پنوم پن, Phnôm Pênh, Phnum Pénh, 金边

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