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Aug 14, 2014 - Kerry in Cambodia--Phnom Pehn

--I arrived on July 22nd at the Haneda airport to take a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The one thing I really remember from my time there was how nervous everyone was. The Malaysian Airlines flight had recently been downed over Ukraine and everyone was saying how they were glad they weren't taking a flight with that airline. --People at Haneda were also taking pictures of the TV screens with all the flights listed on them. I wonder if they were trying to keep records of their flights just in case something happened. --My flight had a lay...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Phnom Penh, Choeung Ek & Street Scenes

Monday disappeared. Tuesday, 4/22/14; Phnom Penh: After an successful plane ride we found ourselves in Phnom Penh early Tuesday morning. After checking into our hotel we hired a car, driver, and tour guide to take in the sights and sounds of Cambodia’s capital. Something in excess of 3 million of Cambodia’s 15 million people live and work in the city. There is one motor-bike for every 2.5 residents. That wouldn’t be too bad but there are also cars and trucks, and, 4 traffic lights (slight exaggeration) and NO stop streets. There is also...

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Viet Nam 2014

Mar 12, 2014 - Our final day - Phnom Penh and the horrific story of the Khmer Rouge

The 5:15 alarm comes early and we are packed, loaded and all on the bus for our 6:30 departure and long drive to Phnom Penh. The trip today should take more than 6 hours on the new improved road. In the past it would have taken 2 days. They are continuing to widen and pave but we spend a good part of the day on a dusty gravel madhouse. This is our last day in Cambodia and on the trip again we experience all that life here has to offer. This includes bobbing, weaving and dodging oncoming traffic. We pass a local bus jammed with people...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Phnom Penh.

Tuesday, 11 March. The trip to Phnom Penh with mini bus went very smooth, compared when we were travelling with the big bus. The big bus had much more difficult to passing slower traffic than the mini bus. When we finally arrived to Phnom Penh, for an extra small fee, the mini bus driver offered to deliver us to the doorstep at our hotel. Our hotel the Number 9 Hotel turned out to be very nice. Good location, near to many attractions, just south of Sisowath Quay, which is the main backpacker and tourist area in Phnom Penh. In my Lonely...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Days 153 to 155 - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Arriving in Phnom Penh at 5.30pm on the last day of my Vietnam visa, 17th January, my first priority was to find some accommodation. Unfortunately, Phnom Penh seemed very busy and it was at about the sixth place that I finally got a room. It was a bit pricey at $20 per night, but it would have to do. One of the first thing that I had noticed on my journey into Cambodia was how much poorer the country seemed when compared with Vietnam. There were not nearly so many cars (although Cambodia’s population is only sixth of Vietnam’s) and the...

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Jan 18, 2014 - Dia 9. Phnom Penh.

Vaya cambio!!!! El grupo del tour se ha ido a visitar el campo de concentracion. Nosotros hemos querido tener el dia hoy para nosotros. Phnom penh tiene dos caras, la de noche la de dia. Gente muy amable como en el resto de Camboya que nos hayamos encontrado. Hemos ido a pie desde el hotel hasta el templo Wat Phnom, blanco sobre una colina en medio de la ciudad. Seguidamente a ve el Palacio aunque no hemos entrado. Se encuentra directamente a orillas del rio Mekong. Hoy el clima nos ha dado una tregua y corre brisa y se ven algunas...

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Aventura Indochina

Jan 17, 2014 - Time to transition

There are signs I can’t ignore. Transition time is here. I find myself scraping the bottom of the peanut butter jar; using the last Kleenex in the box; seeing only 2 pages left in the notebook for writing down interview notes; using the last of the AAA batteries in the audio recorder; stuffing suitcase with new books; taking the last vitamin brought from home; feeling contentment and gratitude for a magical and guided adventure in this amazing country. Breakfast with Nareth, and saying goodbye. Thy comes today at 7:30pm to take me to the...

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Jan 17, 2014 - Dia 8. De camino a Phnom Penh

Tras un paseo manhanero por las calles de Siem Reap, y tras desayunar con arroz y volver a comer con arroz, nos hemos ido en guagua hasta Phnom Penh, capital de Camboya. Tras 6 horas de trayecto con una sola parada, hemos podido disfrutar de unas vistas espectaculares con una llanura llena de palmeras inmensa. Las carreteras no son las mejores, partes sin asfaltar, de tierra fina que levanta una humareda que hace imposible ver lo que hay 10 metros mas adelante. Al llegar a Phnom Penh nos hemos llevado un pequenho chasco. Muy sucio. Mucha...

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Jan 16, 2014 - Simple Life & Turkish lunch

It’s funny to realize how little I really need to live. My one-room abode for the last five weeks has served me well. With a tiny refrigerator for cool water and tropical fruits; a toilet with its own tushie shower; a warm water heater for short showers; a fan for hot afternoons; a desk with a hot pot for tea, and the Dalai Lama for inspiration; a bed with pillows that work for morning yoga; a window for welcoming the bright sunny days at 6am; a converter for recharging computer, phone, camera, tablet; internet connection for communications...

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Jan 15, 2014 - Last two interviews

Nareth really wanted me to meet some really poor people living in the slums, participants in an NGO, “Empowering Youth,” that she directed for three years. The organization is sponsoring them to go to university, as well as providing education for youth in this community. These were two enthusiastic, politicized, and determined young people. I was glad I had access to a community few people know exists. When I counted up the interviews I’ve done in the last five weeks, the total number is 46. I’m amazed! Beyond my dreams. Dinner with Ellen...

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Jan 14, 2014 - A white lady came by here

Today no major agenda! I started the day watching the Australian Open Tennis Tournament on TV. There are only 4 hours difference between Phnom Penh and Melbourne time zones. This is the first time I’ve really watched any TV, aside from an occasional BBC news broadcast, and a couple of times tuning into an episode of a Japanese soap. It felt very relaxing. Then I found Tang. Last week I had begun trying to track down the people I interviewed before when I first came to Cambodia 7 years ago, and saw again 5 years ago. I’ve written about their...

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Jan 13, 2014 - Lucky 13

The 13th has always seemed to be number for me. Today at PUC I had an incredible group interview. The students were so thoughtful and forthcoming, their English was quite good, they were enthusiastic and passionate. They didn’t want to leave, even though they had afternoon classes! I was so stimulated by this conversation, and felt very complete and blessed to have been able to have this deep dialogue with them. The afternoon was spent relaxing over lunch, going to a few shops, and relaxing over dinner! I can feel the transition coming on....

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