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Phumĭ Kâmpóng Thkov

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    • Day95

      Ein wenig zurück geben

      December 26, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Am Ende des Retreats bekamen wir die Chance - wenn auch nur ein wenig - zurück zu geben.

      Das Team des Yoga Retreats hat essen für 230 Kinder gekocht das wir, gemeinsam mit kleinen Geschenken, an die Kinder der lokalen Schule verteilen durften.

      Erst war eine Runde gemeinsames Lach Yoga mit den Kids angesagt, dann wurde sich brav in Reihe angestellt um Malbücher und Stifte in Empfang zu nehmen.
      Dann endlich Essen!! Klassenweise, angefangen bei den jüngsten ging es los.

      Was ein Spektakel. Tolles Erlebnis, und: die Bilder wurden mit Erlaubnis gemacht ;)
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    • Day43

      Bewegende Begegnungen

      November 7, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Unsere Tage bei den Angkor Tempeln neigen sich dem Ende entgegen. Und damit auch die tolle Zeit mit unseren Hamburger Travelbuddies. Auf ein garantiertes Wiedersehen, ihr beiden. 👋

      Ebenso ans Herz wächst uns Achii, unser Tuktuk Fahrer. Er sorgt sich wirklich rührend: strickt unsere Tempeltouren jenseits von Touristenströmen, versorgt uns mit Wasser und guten Tipps und fährt auch zu den entlegensten Orten. Wir gestalten die kommenden Tage gemeinsam.

      Obwohl er nur gebrochen Englisch spricht, erfahren wir viel bewegendes über sein Leben. Leider auch, dass seine 6 Monate alte Tochter Emily an einer kritischen Herzerkrankung leidet. Er ist fast täglich im Krankenhaus mit ihr. Leider kann sie erst in ein paar Monaten operiert werden - wenn sie bis dahin durchhält. Um sie durchzubringen, ist er um jeden durch die Touren verdienten Dollar dankbar.

      So dankbar, dass er uns am Ende sogar nach Hause zu seiner Familie einlädt, um uns zu bekochen. Wir nehmen das Angebot gerührt an. Am nächsten Tag geht es weit, weit auf das Land hinaus. Irgendwo im Nirgendwo halten wir an einer kleinen Wellblechhütte. Hier wohnt Achii also. Er besitzt zwei Hühner und einen kleinen Mangogarten, der jedoch die meiste Zeit unter Wasser steht. Strom bezieht er von seinem linken Nachbarn, die Toilette nutzt er bei den rechten. Wir sitzen auf einer rustikalen Holzpritsche. Achii schaltet den Fernseher ein. Lächelnd meint er, dass das Bild erst nach 20 Minuten kommt.

      Egal. Wir wollen ihm schließlich beim Zubereiten helfen - aber das Kochen gibt er nicht aus der Hand. Ehrensache für ihn. Auf einem spartanischen Gaskocher brät Achii Fisch, den wir eine halbe Stunde zuvor noch auf dem lokalen Markt im Wasser schwimmend gesehen haben. Frischer geht's nicht. Verfeinert mit ein paar exotischen Gewürzen und Kräutern, die für uns nicht identifizierbar sind (Schade, kein Nachkochen zuhause möglich). Gegessen wird anschließend im Garten. Es ist köstlich. Zwischendurch kommen immer mehr Nachbarkinder und beäugen uns neugierig. Touristen kennen sie kaum. Achii meint, wir sind die ersten, die er zu sich eingeladen hat. Was für eine Ehre.

      Am Ende lernen wir nicht nur die Nachbarn, sondern auch seine Frau und Tochter Emily kennen. Ein wirklich aufgewecktes Kind, dem wir gesundheitlich wirklich alle Daumen drücken.

      Wir bleiben mit Achii auf jeden Fall in Kontakt. Es ist unglaublich, wieviel Gastfreundschaft er gibt, obwohl er kaum etwas hat.
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      Traveler

      Ich gebe jetzt mal keinen Kommentar ab. Das Bild sagt genug. 🥰

      11/15/19Reply
      Traveler

      😍

      11/15/19Reply
      Traveler

      🥰🥰🥰

      11/17/19Reply
      Traveler

      Es war eine super Zeit mit euch und wir freuen uns auch schon auf ein Wiedersehen 😊

      11/20/19Reply
       
    • Day2

      Roluos

      June 2 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

      The day that went down in history as the funniest and whackiest sidetrip. We started off in the morning with a burning question: to go or not to go? The Roluos Group were basically these three temples situated in the far north east corner of Siem Reap. They were super off-the-beaten path and practically nobody ever goes there but we had the time and resources to take a gander; so after much deliberation, we went ahead with the plan. Jasper suggested to find breakfast at the markets so we got on our bikes and were off. The markets were still closed that time or maybe they were really closed for good cuz of Covid so we ended up in a nearby restaurant that was serving noodles instead. The breakfast was actually pretty good and cheap, we had some tea while the owner's kid watched some random Roblox and Minecraft videos on the restaurant's TV. When we got out, I made my first blunder of the day. I had left the key in the bike the whole time, it could have easily been stolen and it was very careless of me. The second strike was that I had left the engine running as well, I had wasted a lot of fuel and it was just the start of the day but I was optimistic and so we were off on a long road trip to the Roluos Group. I truly enjoyed the journey as it brought us new views of the provincial life, across paths laden with trees on both sides, their branches covering us from the sun, through farms and fields and mountains and hills for more than half an hour. My eyes darted between the road and my fuel bar because it was certainly going down faster than I would have liked. We were able to make it to the first set of temples though, Preah Ko, just three big temple heads similar to Prasat Kravan. Nothing to write home about after the amazing temples yesterday.

      Next came the legendary Prei Monti. Finding this temple was quite difficult as even the locals didn't even know about it. We were in such a remote area, the people here couldn't understand English at all. The dirt path turned into mud and I tried to get the bike across but it was too difficult and risky so we decided to park it and head inside by foot. Right across us was a school and a lot of curious little children were looking at us, fascinated by foreigners as they were probably very rare in this part of town. We began our walk into the jungle and I tried following the GPS towards the location of the temple but the paths seemed to lead to nowhere so I decided to go full Indiana Jones and went inside the vegation with the hope of cutting across the forest and reaching the temple with Jasper reluctantly following behind. This time we were pretty deep in and the paths were getting even more similar and confusing which was starting to make Jasper anxious, meanwhile I kept on trying to push to go deeper into the jungle, going through the thick vegetation. At this point, the path was simply gone and it led to a dead-end to boot. So we decided to turn around, regroup at the bikes and use it to take it deeper into the jungle following the paths properly as we saw a kid take a short-cut avoiding the muddy path. The problem was getting back to the bikes as now we were stuck in the middle of the jungle and we had no idea which way was which. I tried following the GPS back to the main road but it just led us into more dead-ends and the paths we were taking just made us go around in circles. Now Jasper was getting panicky while I was laughing out loud at the whole situation, certainly two different sides of the coin. After a couple of minutes of backtracking and trial & error, we finally got out to the main road again and walked back to our bikes. Jasper wanted to move on but I wasn't having it, not after coming this far and wasting a lot of time getting lost in the jungle. No way, I doubled down and took off in search of this friggin' Prei Monti. I was following the map more properly this time and by some sheer luck I got to the temple. It was a dilapidated crumbling temple. Barely standing and being held alift by some recently attached steel beams. I could barely see anything but one thing I couldn't wait to see was Jasper's reaction as he was a ways behind me. His visible disappointment was so funny for me, I was laughing out loud again. With Prei Monti finally out of the way and having taken up a huge chunk of our morning, we went to Bakong Temple for the last bit but not before my neck got bit by a spider on the way out the jungle.

      Bakong was definitely the most grand in the Roluos Group, it was even larger than some of the temples we visited in Angkor Park yesterday. It had several floors and had elephant statues perched on each corner. There were some students that were resting on its steps and at the top was a shrine. From the top, you could see the contrast with modern religion as right across the moat was a Buddhist temple that resembled those in Laos, definitely much newer than Bakong. We had briefly passed by Bakong's moat on the way and I made a mental note to take a photo so on the way back, so we stopped by and I got my photo while Jasper took pictures of the monkeys hanging around. My bike also ended up falling down on the ground and Jasper had to help me prop it back up again. I was pretty sure that was when I broke one of its lights and I had once again left the engines on, this was definitely strike three for me.

      With the Roluos Group and a bunch of mishaps out of the way, it was now time to say good bye and head on back to Angkor Park. On the way, I realized that we were only saying good bye to the Roluos temples as the problems seemed to be following us around today. Our batteries were running dry and mine doubly so as I had been leaving the engine on a lot. I was still very much optimistic and somehow thought we would make it but as my battery slowly depleted, my speed also dwindled. Jasper slowly caught up and ended up being in front while the distance between our bike became larger. There was still 20km left of straight road and we weren't even half-way. I found the whole worsening situation absolutely hilarious! I was laughing all throughout the way while Jasper was getting worried and suggesting that we knock on some random resident's home to ask to charge our batteries. I wasn't having it though and still pushed through ahead, telling myself I would pedal all the way back, after all what was 20kms? I soon realized my folly when my bike's battery really died and I was left pedaling this huge chunk of metal. It was extremely heavy and the gear setting was so low I had to do a lot of cadence for my bike to move a couple of centimeters. There was no way I was even making 1km without completely tiring myself at this rate out so my hopes of reaching Angkor Park were dashed. So much setbacks today but it is what it is, I was sure we could do everything without problems still. We were very lucky because there was a random cafe in the middle of the road and we were able to stop by and charge our batteries. We bought some water as thanks and waited for an hour or so. The battery was around half full which made things a bit more promising but there was no way we were reaching the charging station before running out again so we decided to stop at a restaurant half way through to eat lunch and charge our batteries again.

      Surely enough, our batteries started to run out and my speed was slowing down again but we were close and decided between two restaurants. Jasper mentioned we passed by a better looking restaurant behind us so we backtracked and decided to eat and charge our batteries there. We were showed to a pretty nice table raised above the ground with some hammocks at the side and cushions on the floor. The food was amazing but a bit spicy, I was so hungry, I ordered a double meal again. The bathroom's sink also had a giant cricket. I tried to eat as much as I can even though I was already full as I didn't want to waste food and the waitress found it so funny she was laughing out loud. We finally got on our bikes and this time it seemed like we were going to make it to the charging station at Srah Srang but on the way we passed by Pre Rup, one of the major temples of the day. Since we were already here and so close to the charging station, I convinced Jasper to stop by so we could finally see an actual temple after such a long journey.
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    • Day6

      Angkor (Rolous Trip): Bakong

      December 3, 2010 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Super geschlafen, Frühstück im "Soul Dragon" mit Croissants, Tee und Orange Juice. viel Zeit gelassen, relaxt und geschrieben. Gegen 11 Uhr nehme ich ein Tuk-Tuk zu den Rolous Tempeln für 8 US-Dollar. Insgesamt 3 kleine Tempelanlagen.
      Der erste Stopp ist der "Bakong". Alles ist sehr entspannt. Die Anlage ist nicht auf dem neusten Stand ;-), weshalb auch wahrscheinlich nicht so viele Touristen da sind.
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