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Oct 25, 2013 - 14th Entry

Hi folks I won’t even attempt to say hello in Cambodian as I wouldn’t have a clue. The Khmer language seems to me to be a very difficult language. The words seem so long. We have been here three days but first a word on our last day in Luang Prabang, Laos. As we had said on a previous blog, October 19 and 20th were big festival days. Many people had made boats ready to set sail on the Mekong River and they had decorated their houses and businesses with paper lanterns and streamers. Unfortunately, Sat night the skies opened up and it poured...

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Oct 5, 2013 - Cambodia

The film "Welcome to the World: The Lottery of Birth" examines the infancy of children born in the nations of Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the United States. The film compares these nations and shows that even though Sierra Leone and Cambodia are two of the poorest nations in the world, expectedly having high death rates in small children, the United States are experiencing the highest infant death rates in twenty years. In Sierra Leone, most of the money is made illegally and the nation is experiencing corruption and poverty as a result of...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Humbling

Today, we are in Phnom Penh, which is the capital of Cambodia. Now usually I try to keep these journals invite light hearted, but sadly I am unable to do so today, as we have visited the mains of one of the prisoner of war camps (for want of a better phrase), and one of the so called "killing fields" outside of the capital. These are from the Pol Pot era, which is one I personally know little about. The shear fact that these atrocities were going on in your lifetimes, which is obviously something that cannot be said for the holocaust in...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Travelling Home

Hi for the last time from Cambodia. Today is a day for travelling and by my estimation it will be 21 hours without sleep by the time I hit the sack in the UK. That’s working on the very probable assumption that I don’t sleep on the plane. The day started with my alarm going off at 5.15 followed 10 minutes later by the hotel alarm call. (Didn’t want to be late today – plane to catch). I had arranged to be picked up at the hotel by a taxi at 7.30 so I had a leisurely shower, dress, final check around room, make sure all documents were in...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Last day around Phnom Penh

Good morning folks. My last full day in Cambodia was a fairly quiet affair. After my usual eggs etc., I left the hotel at 8.00 and there was my tuk tuk friend Bo waiting for me. It was nice to meet up again and we chatted about the things we had done since we last met. Along with all of the other drivers Bo said it had been very quiet. There are as many tuk tuks as tourists at this time of the year and they all find it hard to get passengers. I thought that I would go to the Russian Market to get a final few presents so we made that our...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Tour Day 10 - Kompong Chnang

Hi Folks. This is it, my last tour day with Nathan Horton. It is difficult to say just how enjoyable the tour has been and a very large vote of thanks goes to Nathan for providing an experience beyond my wildest dreams. Not only is he a brilliant photographer who has worked around all over the world for some very large and prodigious companies, but he is passionate about the people, the environment and all things Cambodia. He is very willing to help and pass on his considerable knowledge to those on the tour and for anyone considering...

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Jun 29, 2013 - Tour Day 9 - Around Phnom Penh, S21and Killing fields.

Hi folks. As you will see I remembered the correct memory card for today and we have pictures!!! It was a day of highs and lows today. Highs with this wonderfully vibrant city and its friendly people and lows at man’s inhumanity to man. The day began in earnest after breakfast (2 eggs, beans, 2 toast and French bread) when we left the hotel at 8.15 and made our way by tuk tuk to the Royal Palace. With the Palace opening at 8.30 and it being just a couple of blocks away, we were one of the first there, which is what we wanted for crowd free...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Tour Day 8 Back to Phnom Penh

Morning All. I have a confession to make this morning. Its 5.45 and I am settling down to tell you about yesterday’s fabulous day and show you some great images. Upload the images first I thought, they can be doing whilst I am writing. Problem! Jpg card still in the computer from yesterday!! So no jpg images recorded in the camera for yesterday. I have all of the raw files ok but they won’t upload onto here. I can add them when I get home but that’s no good for you now. I managed to get some of the best images of the whole tour and you...

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Jun 12, 2013 - A day for meditation

Hi folks. Welcome to day 5 of my Cambodian adventure. Thanks again for all the emails - keep them coming - nice to know there is still life out there! Unfortunately time doesn't allow me to reply individually but here are some answers to some of the questions: First off the food: So far it has been brilliant and I really mean that. Yes the world does revolve around my stomach and no I haven’t had a dodgy tum yet (tempting providence there as plenty of time to go!!!) The weather overall has been hot and only 1 short spell of rain. It is...

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Jun 11, 2013 - Kids of Cambodia

Hi Folks Its blog time again!! It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I was sitting here getting backache yesterday! Ill start and probably finish with food. I was determined not to eat so much today but hey ho, it didn’t go that way. It’s really unfair to put so much temptation in my way at breakfast. I thought I had better give something a miss so out went the salad and fruit (all the healthy choices). I made do with fried potatoes with bacon and onion, lovely noodles which had don’t ask bits in it and very peppery. 2 slices of toast, 2 chunks...

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Jun 10, 2013 - A day for reflection

Hello all you good folks back in the UK. As I start to write the next episode it’s started to rain and there is thunder rumbling around. It does need a good downpour to clear the air as it has been really hot and humid today. I seem to have been drinking loads and it comes straight out through my skin – now there’s a thought to start with!! The day started for me at around 3.00 in the morning – the time I woke up. I laid there contemplating on how enjoyable the first few days had been and by 4.00 it was evident I wasn’t going to go to sleep...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Harrowing morning at S21 Museum and Killing Fields

Hi again folks. I had a half decent night’s sleep and got up at 6.00, showered and down for breakfast. Seemed more like lunch! There was hot soup, noodles, roast potatoes and a wide range of salady bits. Locals seemed to go for this first and then a huge amount of fresh fruit. It was melon slices and pineapple for me first and then noodles and potatoes – see pics. I needed a good breakfast as it was going to be a harrowing day with visits to the killing fields and the genocide museum, S21. My friend Bo, the tuk tuk driver, was waiting at...

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