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Feb 8, 2016 - Branching Out On Our Own

Early start today as we are off to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. We are parting company with the other three members of our little tour group & heading off back to Vietnam to see a bit of the Mekong river. They are heading back to Bangkok for their flights home tomorrow. Unfortunately this is the Vietnamese New Year holiday week & most of the regular tourist boat trips have been cancelled. We will, however, get to ride on the regular fast speedboat service from Phnom Penh back over the border to Chau Doc in Vietnam. After that it...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Making the most of Phnom Penh

Despite the somber but necessary day visiting S21 and the Killing Fields, we had a fantastic time in Phnom Penh. During the John Kerry excitement, we met Elijiah, the Quality control manager at the FCC. He immediately took us to The Empire, a bar and movie house owned by Kevin Woolmer. We all stayed up super late dancing to many old videos, telling travel stories, and drinking his great beers and wine. Over the course of the week, we spent a few fun-filled movie nights with Kevin and Elijiah. Elijiah also invited us to an amazing art event...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Meeting John Kerry at the FCC in Phnom Penh

How ridiculous is this? After a long, emotional day of sightseeing (including the Killing Fields and S21, a place of Khmer Rouge torture and murder), Fran and I decide to go to Happy Hour at the Foreign Correspondent's Club just across the street. We almost didn't go, being tired and somewhat overwhelmed, but decided a nice Happy Hour drink would help us digest all the horrors of the day. Too late and too tired to change or shower, we headed over, superpants and all. As we walked over, we noticed quite a few policemen on the street; clearly...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Three years 8-month and 20-day reign of the Khmer Rouge

The Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975, following years of the "Secret War," in which our government bombed Cambodia relentlessly in an effort to win the war against the Viet Cong without telling the American people. When they took over the capital, the Khmer Rouge told the 3 million people there (many refugees from the bombing) that they needed to leave for three days to avoid another American bombing raid. They all believed them, and left to the countryside. The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, then began its systematic...

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Jan 18, 2016 - Phnom Penh

Today was a full day in Phnom Penh. First we went to the Khoeung Ek killing field, one of hundreds of mass grave sites in Cambodia that were used as killing locations by the Khmer Rouge. Thousands of people were executed and buried at this site and around 3.2 million Cambodians lost their lives during the Khmer Rouge genocide. Next we went to an infamous prison and torture site called the S21 interrogation center. Here thousands of citizens were imprisoned and tortured until they confessed to crimes they didn't commit. Once they admitted...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Phnom Penh and the Killing Fields

Our driver, Vita, showed up after breakfast today. Vita doesn't speak a lot of English and his tuk tuk is pretty old, but we liked having him as a driver. The drive out to the Killing Fields took close to an hour, wandering through Capitol traffic. He drove us through the government section of town; many of the ministries were housed in buildings on one side of the road and a number of embassies (Thai, Japan) were on the other side. The streets are a cacophany of bicyles, scooters, Japanese economy cars, and Lexus SUVs. Oh, and lots of tuk...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Travel to Phnom Penh

Once again, we got up early and packed our bags. We enjoyed seeing the Angkor Wat and loved Siem Reap, but decided it was time to move on to Phnom Penh. We've considered varying our schedule some, but we were both pretty eager to see the Killing Fields. Hm. Maybe eager is not the right word. It feels like one of those things you do because it is human. We care about the suffering of people and are willing to revisit suffering of others to mourn the loss to all humanity and to assure it doesn't happen again. Or so I would hope. We humans are...

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Jun 5, 2015 - Last Morning in Phnom Penh and onto Siem Reap

Our last morning in Phnom Penh and determined to see the goddam Royal Palace even if it kills us. Had an early breakfast and out the door by 8am which we were told was the opening time for the Palace. Thank goodness it was only a 10 minute or 30 tuk tuk driver walk there. Have now worked out that the tuk tuk drivers tell you the Palace is closed and then con you into a tour elsewhere!!! It was actually closed yesterday when we asked the guard. It is open between 8-11 am and 2-5pm. We saw heaps of people entering a gate to the Palace even as...

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Jun 4, 2015 - More of Phnom Penh

Woke at around 7.45 this morning to find Teena still sleeping so just waited for her to wake up. She apparently did not sleep well so I am glad I left her sleeping. After indulging in breakfast we were determined to go to the Palace etc. and tick that off our to do list. Not quite as hot this morning thank goodness. Duly walked around to the Palace to find that it was shut until 2pm so just continued walking past the Palace, hung a lefty and did a 4km walk around to 174th street and then back down Norodom Blvd to 136th street where we again...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Hot and Steamy Day in Phnom Penh

Full of plans this morning about what to see for the day. Down to breakfast nice and early, fill up for the day, place our lunch in our bags then the fridge in our room, before heading out to walk to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. However, we should have consulted the Buddhist calendar as the Palace was closed today as it was a special day for the monks. As we just walked along the riverside, there were hundreds of monks arriving by bus and gathering around in huge marquees erected in the middle of the road, talking on their mobile...

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Jun 2, 2015 - A Heavy Going Morning at Genocide Sites

With the heat of the last couple of days we decided to head out early today. Teena had wanted to take a Hop on Hop Off bus to see the 9 attractions listed in Phonm Penh but I managed to talk her out of that for two reasons. Firstly, we have a couple more days here and to see everything today would leave not much to do tomorrow. Secondly, half the fun in a place like this is to do what the locals do. I suggested we take a tuk tuk to do our touring – the breeze would keep us cool enough as we were heading out early. Breakfast at the hotel...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Hello to Cambodia

An early start for us this morning after a very restless nights sleep. Despite both of us setting our alarms on our phones and also the alarm clock in the room, both of us kept waking up at various times during the night just to make sure it wasn’t time to get up!!!!!! Go figure the female brain. Checked out and took a taxi to Central Station where we were able to check in our luggage for the flight to Phnom Penh. Half hour train ride back to KL airport where we quickly made our way through security then immigration. Decided on an English...

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