22 October, 2010

Traveling…

I get to be a tourist for a week or so; seeing the sights in Phnom Penh (Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum) with my longtime friend Mark; who will be coming to Cambodia from Japan. After a few days in PP, we will head to the town of Siem Reap and then on to walk forever around Ankor Wat. I’ve wanted to see that place ever since catching a glimpse of it in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and now I get the chance. There is so much to see and do in Cambodia, but we only have 6 days, so many things will be left until I come back.

I leave for Nepal on Oct. 29th and after my now ‘normal’ overnight in an airport (Bangkok,Thailand this time) , I arrive in Kathmandu on the 30th and then on to CPH around the 3rd or 4th. I’ll be in Nepal for a few months; with a side trip to India the end of November! And then back to Cambodia long term on Jan. 15th, 2011.





Photo's will be posted in a week or so but in the meantime, enjoy these taken at Phnom Chisor Wat which is within walking distance from Wat Opot Children's Community.  You can catch a glimpse of the Wat in the 2002 Matt Dillon movie City of Ghosts which also stars "Sok" who is a tour guide/driver in Phnom Penh and I have had the pleasure of hiring.  Sok will be our tour guide for the day while hiting all the tourist spots in PP.










5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris

Anonymous said...

Do the adults and children of Cambodia still talk of Pol Pot and the genocide that occured there?

Melinda said...

Dear Anonymous; depends what you mean by 'talk of'. Probably not in daily conversation, but it is still very real here.

Anonymous said...

What I meant by "talk of" was that does the government and the citizens openly tell about what the country went through during that time when they are asked about it by a foreigner, or are some of the facts downplayed or dismissed. I am sure the people's feelings and the effects of such devastion are very real, but are those feelings allowed to be expressed?

Melinda said...

Yes, it is very open and talked about. What isn't well known in the US is their part in the destruction of Cambodia (during the Vietnam War - where more bombs were dropped on Cambodia in one week than in the entire WWII), with a country so devastated by war, it was easily taken over by the Khmer Rouge.

Then after the Khmer Rouge was stopped the NGO's and International help flowed in and made the people dependent on aid, which still shows through today with lack of motivation or strive to better oneself.

Cambodia still has a long road ahead.