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    • Day 76

      גילוי קמבוצ'יה

      May 28, 2022 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      הגענו היום לקמבודיה, הידועה כקמבוצ'יה, אחרי מחקר מעמיק על ההיסטוריה של המדינה וגילוי שזה שמה העתיק.
      את היום התחלנו במשחק הכסף - מה זה ריאל, מתי אנחנו משתמשים בדולר ולמה יש פה ככ הרבה שטרות לכל דבר?
      לקמבודיה יש כסף משלה אבל הוא מאד חלש וכל דבר עולה עשרות אלפי ריאל, ככה יוצא שמשלמים הרבה בדולר. (למען ההשוואה 1230 ריאל זה שקל ו4000 ריאל זה דולר) אז אפשר לשלם בדולר ולקבל ריאל בחזרה וכל מחיר הוא בעצם שני מחירים בשני מטבעות- מאתגר.
      על פנום פן, עיר הבירה, לא שמענו דברים טובים, אבל כנראה שאנשים סתם אוהבים ללכלך כי היא בנתיים משאירה רושם חיובי.
      את תחילת היום העברנו בין קפה למסעדה בניסיון להגיע למוזיאון על רצח העם הקמבודי (שהתרחש ממש לפני פחות מ50 שנה). אחרי העצירות הגענו לבסוף למוזיאון, שם המדריכה שלנו עברה איתנו במסדרונות ובכיתות של בית ספר יסודי שבזמן שלטו של הקמר רוז הפך לכלא.
      מכן נספר לכם קצת היסטוריה שלדעתנו ממש מעניינת ולדעת מי שלא יכול לדלג על הפסקה-

      הקמר רוז היו מפלגה שהתנגדה לשלטון הקמבודי, באותה התקופה התקיימה מלחמת אזרחים גדולה עקב הרצון להפיל את השלטון, כשהקמר רוז ניצחו העם שמח, כמו גם המשפחה של המדריכה שמחו.
      הקמר רוז הם מפלגה קומוניסטית והם החליטו לשלוח את כל האנשים שגרים בערים לכפרים ושיעבוד שם בשדות. האנשים העירוניים לא ידעו לעבוד את השדות ורבים מתו מרעב ומתשישות, העבודה בשדות הייתה בכפייה וכבר מגיל עשר נשלחו לעבודה קשה. הקמר רוז פחדו מאד מכל האנשים האינטלקטואלים ואנשים שתמכו בשלטון הקודם לכן עברו בין הכפרים ובכל יום הרגו אנשים שנראו חכמים, רופאים, עורכי דין, מי שידע לקרוא ולכתוב בשפה זרה או אפילו כל מרכיב משקפיים. גם את המשפחה של המדריכה שלנו הרגו, את אבא שלה הרג השלטון ושני אחיה הגדולים מתו בשדות בעבודה, היא לא יודעת אם נרצחו או מתו מרעב. כשנלקחו אנשים לכלא עם עברו עינויים רבים שלפעמים מתו מהם ואחרי כמה חודשים נלקחו לשדות ההרג ושם נרצחו. כשני מליון קמבודים נרצחו בארבע שנים בהם שלטו הקמר רוז (מתוך אוכלוסייה של 8 מליון!!) רבים ברחו לתאילנד וויאטנם, כמו המדריכה שלנו, והשלטון נגמר רק אחרי שויאטנם השתלטה על קמבודיה. קמבודיה למעשה השתחררה מהשלטון של ויאטנם רק לפני 30 שנה. ובנתה את עצמה לאחר ההרס מחדש.

      מטורף לחשוב איך זה קרה לפני שנייה ולא ידענו, מטורף לחשוב על זה שכל המבוגרים פה זוכרים את זה ומטורף יותר לחשוב שאולי יש דבריים נוראיים שמזכירים אתה זה כיום בבורמה ובאוקראינה וכאנושות אנחנו חוזרים על טעויות כאלה גם כיום.

      בנוסף ממש נפעמנו מהפערים העצומים שנוכחנו לגלות ברחובות - מצד אחד בנייני ממשלה מפוארים ומרהיבים שמלווים ברולס רויסים , מאייבכים ובנטלים ומאידך עוני של ריקשות פחונים ועוד אלמנטים של עולם שלישי שמראים תמונה עגומה של המצב במדינה

      את שאר היום המשכנו מהתפעלות מפנום פן, התלהבות מהאזור הנחמד מאד שאנחנו ישנים בו, סגירת וואן לקמפוט מחר בצהריים וארוחה יוונית מטורפת שהזכירה לנו את הבית (מרגש ומציף רגשית) וכללה סלט יווני וגירוס, שהזכיר לנו שווארמה❤️.
      בלילה היה גמר ליגת האלופות ותמיר האוהד המסור קם בין 2-6 בבוקר לראות את המשחק עם שאר האוהדים המסורים עם חבר מההוסטל וריאל ניצחו והייתה אווירה עוצמתית וקולנית שהזכירה לו את טדי רק בלי קללות (מגוון).
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      Traveler

      זוועה

      5/29/22Reply
      Traveler

      איזו התחלה עוצמתית, בוםם, מקווה שתוהבו את המדינה ואנשיה שידעו הרבה סבל, בהצלחה אהובים שלי!

      5/29/22Reply
      Traveler

      💝

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    • Day 3

      Erster Abend - nur schnell vor die Tür

      November 4, 2019 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

      In der Garküche wird kein Wort Englisch gesprochen. Wir einigen uns irgendwie darauf bei jeder Zutat zu nicken oder den Kopf zu schütteln. Am Ende haben wir leckeren Bratreis, vermutlich nur mit dem beliebten Glutamat...Read more

      Traveler

      Na da seid Ihr ja ganz schön reich! Nun geht's ja morgen richtig los....👍☀️

      11/3/19Reply
       
    • Day 2

      Angekommen

      February 29, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Bei meiner Anreise ist zum Glück alles reibungslos verlaufen. Ich wurde am Flughafen abgeholt und wir haben direkt eine Simkarte für mich organisiert, so dass ich auch außerhalb meineUnterkunft im Internet surfen kann.
      Es sind echt alle total nett. Ich habe gerade beim Mittagessen andere Volontäre kennengelernt :)
      Die Unterkunft ist kein Luxuspalast, aber es ist auf jeden Fall alles da was man braucht. Und wir haben sogar eine Köchin, die unsere Mahlzeiten zubereitet :)
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      Traveler

      Oh eine weitere schöne Toilette

      2/29/20Reply
      Traveler

      Ich habe sie mit Absicht nicht komplett abgelichtet 😂😛

      2/29/20Reply
      Traveler

      Sieht gut aus!

      2/29/20Reply
      Traveler

      War auch echt sehr lecker 😋

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    • Day 73

      Phnom Penh

      January 20 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Tappa di due giorni a Phnom Penh, la capitale della Cambogia. Abbiamo visto il palazzo reale, uno dei pochi al mondo in cui il re ci abita dentro per davvero (in un'ala non visitabile). All'interno è pieno di mini palazzoni per ricevimenti, alcune monumenti tombali e il celebre tempio d'argento, composto da un pavimento di 6 tonnellate d'argento e ricco di statue del Buddah d'oro. Oltre al palazzo reale, abbiamo visitato il museo del genocidio di Tuol Sleng. Originariamente era una scuola che, durante i 5 anni di regime dei Khmer Rouge (1974-79), fu trasformata in luogo di prigionia e tortura. Migliaia di donne, uomini e bambini hanno passato i loro ultimi giorni prima di venire brutalmente costretti ad uccidersi a vicenda o uccisi con badili o pezzi di legno per risparmiare pallottole (Per maggiori info la pagina Wikipedia è molto ben fatta: https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_del_genoc… ) è stata una visita molto toccante e non ci siamo concessi di fare foto o video.

      Di Phnom Penh ci rimarrà sicuramente in mente anche il traffico. Migliaia e migliaia di motorini, auto e Tuktuk... ti superano a destra, sinistra, passando sui marciapiedi, prendendo strade in contromano o senza rispettare semafori o precedenze.. insomma, starci in mezzo è un'esperienza a sé stante!

      Infine lasciamo i nostri passaporti ad una signorina che traffica con visti e motorini, per far sì che si occupi di tutte le scartoffie per andare in Vietnam a Marzo e ci dirigiamo verso i Khemara Pepper Gardens, dove faremo volontariato per due settimane... Seguiranno aggiornamenti!
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      Traveler

      speriamo che gli avete lasciato le fotocopie dei documenti, non si sa mai ragazzi. Fidarsi è bene, ma non fidarsi è meglio.

      1/27/23Reply
       
    • Day 13

      Krank.. :(

      March 11, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      Heute bin ich aufgrund der Verschlechterung meiner Erkältung nicht in die Arbeit gegangen. Da momentan ziemliche Panik wegen dem Coronavirus herrscht, wollte ich die Kinder und derenEltern nicht verunsichern wenn ich die ganze Zeit huste und schwach bin und zudem will ich natürlich auch nicht das Risiko eingehen die Kinder anzustecken.
      Ich habe bereits eine halbe Tablette Ibuprofen genommen. Die andere Hälfte nehme ich nach dem Mittagessen. Ich hoffe, dass es mir heute Abend wieder besser geht. Ich möchte nicht so lange im Kindergarten fehlen..
      Die Organisation kümmert sich allerdings sehr gut um mich. Sie haben mir einen Ventilator besorgt, da ich vermute, dass ich mich wegen der Klimaanlage erkältet habe. Außerdem hat mir meine Anleiterin Honig vorbeigebracht. Der schmeckt zwar nicht ansatzweise wie in Deutschland (viel viel süßer 😣) aber hilft bestimmt genauso.
      Außerdem haben sie mir angeboten mich ins Krankenhaus zu fahren. Das empfinde ich allerdings viel zu übertrieben. 😄 Ich gehe ja zu Hause bei so was nicht mal zum Arzt - geschweige denn ins Krankenhaus.
      Ansonsten war mein Tag sehr ruhig. Ich habe sehr viel Netflix geschaut und mich ausgeruht :) Wenn es mir nachher besser geht, habe ich überlegt noch vor dem Abendessen in einen Park zu fahren um mir ein bisschen die Beine zu vertreten. So komme ich mal raus und atme frische Luft.
      Ich hoffe natürlich, dass ich nicht den Coronavirus habe. Aber da die Symptome nicht ganz über einstimmen, denke ich jetzt mal positiv :) Wahrscheinlich ist es nur eine Erkältung.
      Ich drücke euch alle ganz fest :) Und schicke liebe Grüße nach Deutschland ☺️
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      Traveler

      Ohje gute Besserung 🤒 ist vernünftig von dir, daheim zu bleiben.

      3/11/20Reply
      Traveler

      Dankeschön! Voll nett von dir :) ☺️

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    • Day 3

      Time to Swim

      March 1, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Manchmal gibt es doch nichts Schöneres als einfach in den Pool zu steigen und eine Bahn zu schwimmen.. 😌🏊🏼‍♀️💦
      Andere Praktikanten, die mit mir zusammen wohnen, haben mir von einem Fitnessstudio mit Pool erzählt, das nur 5 min entfernt ist und deshalb hab ich mich am frühen Abend auf den Weg hierher gemacht. Die Sonne ist gerade untergegangen, als ich mit dem Tuk-Tuk losgedüst bin 🛺🌇 Und es ist echt total schönhier! :) Es gibt einen großen Swimmingpool, ein Raum mit Sportgeräten (auch wenn ich nicht denke, dass ich das groß nutzen werde 😄) und zweimal wöchentlich ein Yoga-Kurs 🧘🏼‍♀️ und das nur für 35 Dollar für ein Monat :)
      Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass es sehr gut tut nach der Arbeit oder an einem heißen Tag in den Pool zu springen :) Und wer weiß, vielleicht überwinde ich mich auch mal ein bisschen Sport zu machen 😉🤷🏼‍♀️
      Nur leider wird man abends überall von den Mücken zerstochen, deshalb ist es gerade echt unerträglich hier im Bikini zu liegen 🙈 Franzi, ohne euer Spray würde ich schon nur noch aus Stichen bestehen 😂🙏🏻
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      Traveler

      Super - komisch in Siem Riep habe ich keine einzige Mücke gesehen

      3/1/20Reply
      Traveler

      Das ist echt komisch 🙈 hier sind sogar in meinem Zimmer welche.. trotz Klimaanlage 😬

      3/1/20Reply
      Traveler

      Das klingt toll :) haha, ja das war bei uns auch so 😄🙈 ich hoffe das Spray hilft :)

      3/1/20Reply
      Traveler

      Total! Jedes Mal wenn ich das dran habe, lassen sie mich in Ruhe ☺️🙏🏻

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    • Day 2

      Sonnenuntergangs-Spaziergang mal anders

      February 29, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Was gibt es schöneres, als den Abend mit einem schönen Spaziergang durch die Stadt beim Sonnenuntergang abklingen zu lassen? So wie ich allerdings feststellen durfte, in Kambodscha absolut nicht möglich. Es gibt keine Fußgängerwege und überall sind Auto- und Motorradfahrer die sich vorbeischlängeln wollen. Läden reihen sich am Straßenrand entlang, an denen Fisch oder Fleisch verkauft wird. Davor tummeln sich einige Personen und Familien herum, von denen man dann noch wie eine Außerirdische betrachtet wird. Hier ist wohl ein Spaziergang an der Straße nicht so üblich..? Da mir davon abgeraten wurde, Wertgegenstände auf der Straße auszupacken, da diese sonst von einem vorbeifahrenden Motorradfahrer aus der Hand gerissen werden, habe ich mich nicht getraut mein Handy auszupacken um mich erstmal zu erkundigen wo ich überhaupt bin - im Bewusstsein, das die Sonne bald untergegangen ist und es in der Dunkelheit bestimmt nicht einfacher wird nicht überfahren zu werden.
      Ich bin froh, dass ich noch einem freien Tuk-Tuk Fahrer begegnet bin, der mich dann wieder zurückgefahren hat. 🙈 Das war dann wohl mein erster und letzter Spaziergang durch die Stadt..
      Morgen fahre ich auf jeden Fall direkt mit dem Tuk-Tuk in die Innenstadt. 😊
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      Traveler

      Vermutlich alles etwas anders als in München 😊

      2/29/20Reply
      Traveler

      Oh ja 😄 ganz anders

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    • Day 59

      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

      February 20, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      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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      Sanjiv Swadia

      So, Horrible pic's !!!!

      3/3/17Reply
      Daksha Patel

      You looks like combodian girl.

      3/3/17Reply
      Daksha Patel

      Very sad, horrifying

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    • Day 5

      Day 5

      March 6, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Up at 4. This is going to be a looonnng day.
      Decided not to do my makeup and wore my hair out - clean cause I washed it last night.
      Wore me new nana dress and headed downstairs. We were the first ones there. Our taxi was $15.
      Sabdy’s parents live in a gated community. We were met last the guards and at the end of the street was an extravagant tent joining to the side of her house.
      Inside was fucked. What an extravaganza.
      Pictures don’t do justice but do a better job at retelling what it looked like. Lots of tables set up and then foods and gold. Gold everything.
      We went into Sabdys house and got told we could have our hair and make up done so that works out well lol.
      Lots of waiting around. They asked if I wanted straight or curly. I said straight and feel u got rippedoff because everyone got an up doo. I just got my hair straightened haha.
      My make up was far more natural than everyone else’s.
      The groomsmen outfits are hilariously. Tom looks like a bellboy.
      They had a waffle truck for breakfast.
      The tent was airconned.

      So I’ve actually lost track off what happened today cause it was just the most out roof days but it went something like this...
      We got given gifts to walk down the street with. Normally it would be from the groom to the brides house but as bobbin doesn’t live here we walked down the road, lined up then walked back again. Lol. I was carrying this pyramid package that because very heavy after a while. The bestmen has umbrellas held over bobbins head. People played music as we (Nessa and I) walked.
      We gave our presents over to people then found a seat. We then got told to sit at the top of the tent where all the action was to take place and important people sat.
      All white people must be family. Duh. 😂
      Boy did we regret this.
      No English translations. No sight of Bobbin or Sabdy. I have no idea what the crap was going on. Lots of bowing.
      People filled bowls with food.
      That part eventually ended and we ran away.

      Some government person came. Deputy prime minster I believe. Lots of photos.
      I cannot believe the amount of costume changes of mother of the bride and bride. Over 10 each at least.

      There was a hair cutting ceremony that took a billion years. People pretending to cut the bride and grooms hair.
      The best part about this was that it was all pretend but they still showed them the “results” with a gold mirror like they do at the salon.
      “Does it look ok?” 😂

      This is where I stopped paying attention but I know there was a lot of chanting, people touched bride and groom on the head with roses and threw spaghetti flower stuff onto them and gave them red envelopes with money.
      Also some Bow-y pray thing with candles

      I think there was a ring exchange at the beginning.. 😅

      There was a coffee cart with free drinks like ice tea and frappes.
      Insane.

      This tent is honestly something else.
      Chandeliers on the ceiling.

      We were starving. It was 11:30 by now and the tumm pains had arrived.
      Eventually got fed but they have a fucked up rule thy if you’re table isn’t full they won’t bring you food.
      Lots of fish with bones hiding.
      Chicken head that no one ate.
      We sat next to a Norwegian Mum and daughter. The Mum though Will was flat out hilarious. She also insisted sheep head is delicious. No thanks.
      At the reception later on the daughter was like thanks so much for being so nice to my mum she rang my dad to tell him about you guys ❤️❤️❤️

      Decided to go home for a nap cause it was such a long intermission.
      Our tuk tuk driver didn’t know where to go but we got there lol. I like the tuk tuk community, they help each other out, they give each other direction and help break bank notes for each other. It’s really nice. All in it together.
      What a wonderful nap we had. It felt like a deep sleep. Both just passed out for 2 hours.
      I got up and redid my makeup and decided to rock a ponytail.
      My dress is way too long but I’ll manage.

      Got ready tuk tuk there with our driver friend who camps out the front of the hotel. Cost us $7. More than reasonable. About $1 per km.

      We HAD to be there by 5. No idea why. Guests started to arrive 6:30 🙄

      This was the most impersonal load of shit we have ever experienced.
      So the food rule came back into play. They wouldn’t feed us until we could get randoms to join our table.
      The father did a speech and not a single person out of the 700 guests stop to listen.
      We were all shocked by the rudeness.
      The whole thing was so inpersonal I couldn’t believe it. It was just a chance to flash your money as nothing else.

      The 2 dads did a speech and Bobbins dad obviously did his in English - only English of the day - and it was very political as if he was being made to say it. It was all about combining our two great countries.
      Almost like there were some behind the scenes political crap about trying to justify why it was ok that Sabdy was marrying a white boy.

      Groomsman had to stand out the front and meet every guest. It took 3 hours and they were FERAL.
      Everyone is so pissed about the lack of forewarning and getting in trouble for things that weren’t specified.
      For instance Stephen got in big trouble for his suit. Now while stupid looking, no one said he had to wear a certain color.
      When we arrived we went in but actually lead so we could renter and do the proper greeting crap with the bridal party. I had trouble doing the bowing to everyone cause I had to use my hands to hold up my dress.
      The food was shit hahaha majority was seafood.
      I did enjoy the rice and some mi go reng type noodles.
      100 years later Bobbin and Sabdy joined the wedding and had to walk to the front through a tunnel of people. It would seem that tradition is if two people opposite each other hold hands, when the bride and groom reaches them they have to kiss before they can continue.
      They then did a dance and cut the cake with hat looked like a samari sword lol.

      The background music was like a cd. Perfect but also not good. Just background noise you’d hear in the foyer of the hotel.

      The Cambodians dance was hilarious. Such small movements. No real boogie. 🕺🏻

      They did have one dance though that everyone knew. Like their version of the nut bush. Haha.

      Half the guests left after 30 mins.

      Made Will get some photos together lol.
      In conclusion.
      We all had a terrible time 😂😂
      It would have made no difference if we were there or not. That statements true even for the groomsman. No purpose.
      Too long, too impersonal. No translations didn’t help either.

      Caught a tuk tuk home. Will felt like he was gonna vomit but thankfully didn’t. We both crashed :)
      - we left early like 9:30ish. Half the tables had already been packed away.

      Sabdy made a point that the evening was for fancy dresses. The Cambodians wore the exact same style peplum dresses sooo??
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    • Day 179

      Phnom Penh

      March 4, 2017 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

      We spent the day exploring Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. This morning we went to the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King. It is still the Royal residence, so many parts are off-limits and the parts that we could see were not well signed - but the buildings included palace, temples and stupas and all were very ornate. It even got a "wow" out of Solana when we first arrived! It was very busy there today, being a weekend it was busy with both Cambodian and international tourists. After the palace we found a kids play park - the first decent one we've found since Playa Hermosa in Cost Rica, over 6 weeks ago, so Solana was ecstatic! She somehow forgot that she doesn't like being out in the hot midday sun and happily played there until we dragged her away for lunch.

      This afternoon was a lot more sombre. We went to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (aka "S-21"), to learn more about the history of Cambodia. We weren't sure whether or not to go with Solana but, after reading up about the place, we decided to go and we took turns staying with her in the gardens, whilst the other went around the museum (but we decided against going out to the Killing Fields). This was a prison in which thousands of innocent people were detained, tortured and killed during the dark days of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime during 1975-79 (i.e. in the lifetime of most of you who will read this blog....). As you might expect, it was a harrowing visit, with tissues required, but it is appropriate that it stands as a monument to those who lost their lives and to educate future generations in the hope of preventing such atrocity from occurring again.

      This evening we were hoping to take James & Lou's advice and head to the FCC for a sundowner but time ran away with us and, after a quick and refreshing dip in the hotel pool, we ended up in an odd local restaurant - where no English was spoken but managed to enlist the help of a 10-year-old boy to translate (son of one of the staff members!), our portions were small and served with no rice, yet there was a small kids play area. Tomorrow, we have a 7-hour bus journey to Siem Reap - not looking forward to the long journey on a bus but needs must....
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      LouisaJames

      A busy day. We are sure there will be more opportunities for some sundowners!x

      3/4/17Reply
      Gemma Quinn

      Busy day!! Hope the bus journey goes well and you're feeling back to normal now. We're all missing you lots... feels wrong being at your house and not playing board games x x

      3/4/17Reply
      Sue Jones

      Looking good - the architecture is stunning symmetry 😀😀😀

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