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My last Weekend in Cambodia   (published in Cambodia)

November 21, 2017 by   Comments(0)

My final full weekend in Cambodia was spent in the most beautiful town of Kampot. We were two minutes walk away from the Teuk Chhou River which is surrounded by huge jungle mountains. On Friday afternoon, we went to Arcadia waterpark which is a waterpark on the river. There were zip lines and slides into the water and rubber rings we could just float on the water in the sun. It was beautiful! For the first time in Cambodia, I met a group of Northerners there and it was great to hear the Northern accent again!! The next day, we went on a full day tour up the Bokor National Park which is a huge mountain covered with jungle. The French found the mountain in 1917 when they owned Cambodia and created hotels and casinos for the rich and royal. They also built a post office and a Catholic Church. The French abandoned the mountain in the late 1940s during the First Indochina War. In 1972 the Khmer Rouge took control over the mountain and it was once of the places where city folk were sent to do hard labour. The Khmer Rouge also used it to fight the Vietnamese. Approximately 1000 people died on the mountain as the Khmer Rouge would blindfold and handcuff a fellow Cambodian and kick them off the cliffs. In the Catholic Church, there were holes in the walls where they fired ammunition out to kill the Vietnamese. However when the Vietnamese drove the Khmer Rouge out of Cambodia, the locals took everything out of the church, post office etc because they were good quality French materials to sell so they could eat. The road up to the mountain was built very well because the Vietnamese mafia developed it once the Khmer Rouge had left. It was such a shame because the mountain has just been sold to the Chinese who are building huge hotels and more casinos but the money they make isn't ...

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My last Weekend in Cambodia
 

Weddings and Festivals   (published in Cambodia)

November 5, 2017 by   Comments(1)

What a busy but amazing few days! On 1st November, I had the true honour of going to the traditional Cambodian Buddhist wedding of Rady and Somphors. Rady is one of the projects Abroads doctors and he invited us all to his wedding! It started at 7 o'clock in the morning, which meant setting off at 6 and getting up at 5! In true Cambodian style, we arrived in a tuk tuk. When we got out, everybody stared at us as we were the only white people at the wedding. We queued behind everyone else, waiting to walk down to the marque which was set up in the street. Everyone was given a gift-things like chocolates, fruit, beer and there was one gentlemen who had a LIVE duck wrapped up as a gift. We all walked down and were given a little envelope which had 800 riel in as a gift for the guests! We sat down at a table and breakfast was served. There was a big bowl of rice, chicken, mushrooms, squid and bean sprouts in a broth with croissants and dried fish-an interesting breakfast but still good. There was a basket of gifts in the centre of each table with fruit and sweet treats in as well which we ate. Normally in a Cambodian wedding, the guests just come to eat then leave so the marque was quite empty after breakfast. There were then a LOT of blessings which consisted of lots of outfit changes. Rady and Somphors are a very beautiful couple indeed and the outfits were stunning. Afterwards, there was a comedy act but unfortunately it was all in Khmer so we didn't really know what was happening! We sat back down at the table for a while and Radys brother came up to and gave us all a beer-it was 11 o'clock in the morning. In Cambodia, it is seen as impolite to reject what has been given to you. So I had a beer at 11 o'clock in the morning! There were few more blessings which included a ...

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Weddings and Festivals
 

Leaving and the first 24 hours   (published in Cambodia)

October 30, 2017 by   Comments(0)

I really meant to write this long before now - I have been in Cambodia for more than 24 hours already!  Although the build up to leaving was a busy one (never managed to get my nails done

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Leaving and the first 24 hours
 

The Killing Fields   (published in Cambodia)

October 19, 2017 by   Comments(0)

It's been a several days since my last blog-I've been a very busy bee! After my amazing weekend in Siem reap, I unfortunately became ill...I'm not going into details but I had to take a few days off my project sadly. I think I went back a little early and everything was a bit much for me. What made the week harder is the different view of hitting children here in Cambodia. To hit a child isn't seen as unacceptable and it's taken me a while to adapt to seeing children being hit. Most of the time it's just a little hit but on occasion it isn't so gentle.

This week at the nursery has been so much better and I feel like I've turned a leaf-the more I'm putting into it, the more I'm getting out. Although I did have to use the naughty chair for the first time this week which the children didn't like as much!Last weekend I decided to stay in Phnom Penh and explore the city...which ended in going to the S-21 museum and the killing fields. On 17th April 1975, the Khmer Rouge (led by Pol Pots) took control of Cambodia and set up polices to ruin human life and turned parts of Cambodia in to a graveyard of nearly 2 million people. Their aim was to turn Cambodia into a rural, classes society where there were no rich, poor or exploitation. They abolished money, free markets, schools, religion and traditional Khmer culture. Schools, shops and mosques were turned into prisons, stables and granaries. The regime didn't allow anyone to have a social life-if three people talked they could be accused of being enemies and arrested or executed. People were forbidden to show affection, humour or pity. Soon after seizing power, they arrested and killed thousands of soldiers, military officers, civil servants, intellectual people and the minorities (including people with glasses as they were ...

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The Killing Fields
 

My weekend away to Siem Reap   (published in Cambodia)

October 10, 2017 by   Comments(1)

Well I'm halfway through my third week here and still enjoying it.This past weekend I've been to Siem reap which was incredible. On Thursday evening I took my first night bus to Siem reap and the 6 hours went surprisingly quickly! Got to our hotel at 5:30am and just sat and had a drink. At 7:00am the pool opened so we had an early morning swim which was strange because the hotel was still so quiet! In the afternoon, we went to the floating villages on a noisy colourful boat which was amazing-we took a smaller boat directly into the village and into the groves which were so peaceful and beautiful. We rode further along the river and the water opened up. There was a wooden structure in the centre of the water where people were on boats having water fights with each other!! We even saw monks having some fun! The driver asked us if we wanted to go back to our tuk tuk or go round the structure. Obviously we wanted to go round again, but of course the people on the boats recognised us so threw water at us!! It was one of the highlights of the weekend. On the way back, we sat at the front of the boat as the sun was setting.The next day, we woke up at 4:00am to see the sunrise at the Angkor Wat temple. Unfortunately it was too cloudy to see an impressive sunrise but it was still amazing. We walked around the temple (in torrential rain) then went for breakfast which was rice...there's a lot of rice in Cambodia. We then went to Bayon Temple where on each of the towers there are different faces carved into the stone. Next was Ta Prohm Temple which was where Angelina Jolie filmed part of Tomb raider. Finally we went to Banteay Kdei which was so old and quiet which is why it was my favourite. There was nothing special about it but I think that's why I liked it the most. We went ...

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My weekend away to Siem Reap
 

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