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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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Feb 8, 2015 - Sunday: Our Last Full Day in Phnom Penh

Good Morning Everyone, My computer is still not fixed, and this may be my last chance to make an entry for I know not what the future brings. Enjoy! We got up and started with meditation at 7:20 a.m. Thought Ellery slept in, Rich and I went to breakfast at 8:20. I had my usual "healthy" breakfast as dubbed by the hotel menu. Remember the choices: Asian, contiental, healthy, and American. Ha! Funny. Once all of us were up and fed, we walked to the Palace for a tour, a 20-minute walk from our hotel in the bright sun. Beautiful weather. Dry...

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Feb 7, 2015 - Saturday: Day Market and Buddhist Temple

Friends and Family, Today we left our hotel at 9:45. I think yesterday took it out of us. We needed to recoup and regroup. Our first adventure today was venturing out into the streets to get to the Central Market. We see everything here. We did not spend a lot of time with the food section of the market. Ellery looked for cheap t-shirts, which he found by the bazillions. He got a cool tie-dye for $2 and a pair of shorts for $5 USD. How about the buns support! Wouldn't you like your back end to be more full? Apparently, I've been...

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Feb 6, 2015 - Friday: Killing Fields

Hello Everyone, I am typing onto an old computer at the hotel as my beautiful Apple Air can no longer take in text. We thought Rich solved the problem this morning by purchasing a wireless mouse for it, and it worked this morning. Then this evening it would not work. We have the morning to take care of it tomorrow as we leave our hotel at 3 p.m. If I do not have that computer fixed by then, I'm not sure you will hear from me until after I get home. This is a tough one for me to accept. We will just have to see what fate delivers our way....

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Feb 5, 2015 - Thursday: Travel Day & Arrival in Phnom Penh

Up at 7:30 a.m., meditated till 8 a.m. Today is our day to leave Siem Reap and move on to Phnom Penh. We are excited! New adventures await. Breakfast begins at 8:15. I decide today that I am going Asian with this breakfast: fried noodles and vegetable fried rice. Delicious! Add to that watermelon and banana. They have bananas that are four inches long. Perfect! Plus the papaya and pineapple juice is fresh and just the right amount of natural sweet. Makes your mouth water, doesn't it? Oh, so good. First things first: 45 minutes of uploading...

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Jan 6, 2015 - Sun Bears and Blackouts

Sun Bears and Blackouts We met Davy and our driver at around 8am to drive 1.5 hours out to Phnom Chisor, a temple on top of a hill which offered amazing views of the countryside. Whilst Georgia felt well when we left, she started to feel car sick quite soon after we left, and was unwell for part of the trip. She felt better in the fresh air and counted 272 steps to the temple as we went up the women's path. You could see for miles from the top, and Davy told us a little of the history of the temple which was built around the same time as...

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Jan 5, 2015 - The Killing Fields and a Killer Dinner

The Killing Fields and a Killer Dinner After a breakfast of eggs and pancakes (for Jonno), fresh baguettes, homemade jams and fruit, we met up with Davy, our tourism assistant for the day who we had booked based on recommendations on Trip Advisor. She suggested that we visit the Killing fields and the Toul Sleng Museum - S-21 which would give us a dramatic insight into the impact of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot. We stopped at the Killing Fields first and Davy started to tell us of her first hand experience under the Pol Pot regime. She was...

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Jan 4, 2015 - Benefits of Fumigation

Benefits of Fumigation Today was a recovery day (not quite a rest day as we were still out and about). We had breakfast at 9am which meant that the kids could have a good sleep in. Simon gave up on the coffee as neither the espresso or the cambodian mug of coffee were to his liking and ordered Lipton tea instead. We took a walk along the river while it was still cool and wandered down to a fishing village about a km or so from the hotel. It was much more similar to the shack houses we had seen along the Mekong river in Vietnam. In...

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Dec 28, 2014 - Somber day...

Somber day... Morning...trip to the Killing Fields. Between 1975 and 1979, !7 thousand of the 3 million victims of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot met their end in the fields southeast of Phnom Pehn at Cheoung EK. The partially excavated site is now preserved as a memorial to the regime's 'cleansing' of intellectuals, professionals, tradesmen, acedemics and others seen as a threat. We later went on to the Tuol Sleng museum. Former site of the Street 21 High School and later the Khmer Rouge Reeducation Center. During our tour, we met two of...

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