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Dec 19, 2013 - 1st interview and class visit

My journeys in India prepared me well for today’s adventures. Expect the unexpected. My interview scheduled for one Cambodian student at ITC (Institute of Technology of Cambodia) turned out to quadruple! There were four young guys waiting to be interviewed—as a group. Among them we managed to communicate—some more English than others. At the end they asked me if I was going to be at the Ceremonies on Sunday—so the word has spread. I’ll definitely be there. My 2-hour walk back included a view of Khmer cultures in the making (there’s an...

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Dec 18, 2013 - Buddhist Philosophy & Elephants

After moderating my yesterday’s philosophy about walking everywhere, Sothy picked me up at 9:15 for my 9:30 am meeting with Dean Sam Ang-Sam, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Humanities at Paññasastra University of Cambodia (PUC). He knew just were it was, a few blocks behind the Independence Monument. An amazing two hours later, I was on my way, after taking a few photos of the parking lot! Dean Ang-Sam is a really interesting individual. He and two colleagues came back to Cambodia (from their education in the USA) and thought what can we do...

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Dec 18, 2013 - Phnom Penh Cambodia

Coach journey from Saigon to Phnom Penh more interesting than the train journey through Vietnam. Once we had crossed the border and were in the area of the Mekong Delta the landscape changed, water everywhere, more animals, birds and agriculture. Approaching the outskirts of P.P. the place looked very run down like a shanty town. As we got further in it started to improve but by the time we arrived at the bus station I was not very impressed and a bit worried about what we had let ourselves in for. There were no taxis at the station just...

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Dec 17, 2013 - A rainy day & DC-Cam

Never thought I’d use this fleece jacket here in Phnom Penh, but here I am cuddled up in it! On this rainy day I got an early email that Youk Chhang, the Director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia-DC-Cam, was able to meet with me at 10am. DC-Cam houses over one million original documents from the Khmer Rouge era. So, I’m off! I’m of the mind that I’ll learn the city better walking than any other way, plus that gives me my daily exercise. So I put on my nice grey slacks, saved for meeting with important personages, and struck out...

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Dec 16, 2013 - Appointment & Waiting

I just got my first appointment set up for Wednesday, with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Letters, and Humanities at Pannasastra University. Hope he will get me access to students there to interview. Sounds like a really nice guy. Also got an email for a meeting with the DC-Cam (Documentation Center-Cambodia) guy who wrote the history of the Pol Pot years. Eager to meet him. He's in the countryside until Christmas day, so I hope to meet him on his return. So, things are moving for me! Yeah! Just sent 9 emails out to students from...

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Dec 15, 2013 - Logistics & Miracles

Another logistics day! Put photos up on the journal—took a long time to transfer, but finally successful in uploading them. Went to the Russian Market, and got tea shirt, my hot pot, and a plate and silverware. Now I’m all set for making breakfast in the room—which will save me lots of money! Headed to Boddi Tree for a nice dinner, but it has closed at the Toul Sleng location. I had a nice conversation with a woman sitting in a Tuk-tuk doing needlework. She told me it is now on St. 240. Went to Friends again for dinner, and met a couple of...

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Dec 14, 2013 - Acclimating to Phnom Penh

Logistics day—time to re-acquaint myself with the streets and city, pick up some staples, and search favorite restaurants. Walked along the Tonle Sap River, all the way to the Wat Phnom and the US Embassy. The temple is surrounded by huge trees, a nice shade for me and the scampering monkey a guard was shooing away, while I was taking a picture. The Embassy was closed. Got a local phone number (855 country code for Cambodia, 092-998-126), then to Lucky Supermarket for peanut butter, soap, and tissues. Found Java Café & Gallery for a late...

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Dec 13, 2013 - Arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

After sending Jim off at 7:00am to the UN, Myat Thi and I had a delicious Burmese breakfast he and MaTu had cooked up. Now I’m psyched to go to Burma! Another trip idea! We had a delightful conversation before I attacked my tech issues—printing out boarding passes and Cambodia lists of people before heading to the airport. All was ease and smiles at the second Bangkok airport, and I had a Japanese soba and tempura lunch before getting on the Air Asia flight. (Their slogan is “now everyone can fly,” since they taut the lowest airfares in...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Phnom Penh

Last night I forgot to say we learnt how to cross the road in PP - just step out into the road, keep walking whilst making constant eye contact with the oncoming traffic & it will go round you!! Most importantly make sure your guide is first in line to the traffic!!!! Pretty full day today so an early start! The Royal Palace , a huge compound of buildings surrounded by stunning gardens. As we arrive the road alongside the compound is cordoned off so traffic free ... kept like that whilst the king is sleeping!! The Royal Family do not live...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Vientiane to Phnom Penh

First job this morning is to check where the typhoon is but fortunately for us it has changed course further north. Very relieved but sad for those affected so badly by such a horrendous storm. Had breakfast with Steve, the sole American in our group. It has been amazing sharing the trip with him as he is Lao by birth but his family had to leave Laos in 1984 because his father had been blacklisted. He has not been able to return to Laos until his father died, in May. It was very special seeing him step on home soil for the first time....

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Nov 3, 2013 - Cambodia

THE BOMB is a way to explain how countries end up in the economic situations they are in, and helps analyze why certain countries are the way they are. The film The lottery of birth compares what it is like to be born in the United states, sierra leone, and Cambodia. It follows specific families and what it means to have a child. It closely looks at the H in THE BOMB, health and disease, specifically looking at infant health, but it also shows the technology gaps between certain countries. According to the film, the United state is showing...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Phnom Penh

The 6 hour journey wasn't too bad, the bus, Giant Ibis, had aircon, they supplied water and a snack, feeble wifi and stopped a couple of times for comfort breaks. On the straight bits of road the driver put his foot down, and horn blaring passed just about everything. We seemed to spend more time on the wrong side of the road than the right side! The road was well paved for the most part, but there were stretches that needed work, and from time to time a cow or two would choose to walk across the road, oblivious to all the traffic swerving...

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