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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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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 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 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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Jan 12, 2014 - Trip to Takeo Province

It had been recommended to me that I interview some university students in the countryside, where I would find different perspectives from those who attend university in Phnom Penh. Dalin set up the interviews for me at Angkor Khemara University in the Province of Takeo, some 70 kilometers from Phnom Penh, and we set out at 7am. Dalin had reserved two spaces for us in a “shared taxi,” the only way to get there without your own car or moto, as it is not a tourist destination, and there are no buses. A “shared taxi” goes when the driver has...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll

Relaxing morning today! Listened to some of my audio recordings of interviews. This afternoon had two more interviews with students from the University of Health Sciences—one studying dentistry and one medicine. This year only three out of 400 applicants were admitted into studying a specialization in medicine—pretty tough odds. Last week at DC-Cam Dalin invited me to attend tonight the world premiere of a documentary film 10 years in the making—about the music scene in Cambodia in the 60’s, “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Interviewed 11 students!

Busy day! When the hierarchy works for you, it really works! PUC came through, and today I interviewed 10 students there, and 1 more at RULE (Royal University of Law and Economics). Whew! All interesting, diverse perspectives. I also met with the President of the PUC student association, PASS, who (after checking me out and making sure I’m ligit, and that I have permission from higher-ups so he doesn’t get into trouble) now has set up 8 more students for interviews Monday. My last week will be busy!

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Jan 9, 2014 - Tuol Sleng

Waiting for appointments day, so I decided to go back to visit Tuol Sleng Prison, a former high school which was turned into a prison and torture chamber and administered by Duch, one of the top leaders of the Khmer Rouge. I had been there the first time I was in Cambodia, and knew it would be hard. There is so much suffering and pain still in those walls and grounds. Since then, I have read a lot about Duch, who was in 2012 sentenced to life imprisonment by the Tribunals, so I wanted to see what else I might observe or notice this time....

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Jan 8, 2014 - Relationships are everything!

I arrived at Paññasatra University (PCU) at the appointed time to what I thought was to be a meeting with Kim and his team to plan a schedule for interviews with PUC students. Instead, Kim ushered me into a room in the library where he had assembled 6 students for a group interview. Fortunately, I had anticipated there might be surprises, and had brought along my digital recorder and notebook. This was a really interesting, thoughtful group of young Cambodian men and women who will graduate in April this year. After lunch I met with Dalin...

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