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New Day New Places

Monday was a day of travel to Siem Reap, but what we did get to experience the Russian markets. We visited two, one that was in Phonm Penh and the other in Siem Reap. As we walked through the Phonm Penh Russian market I experienced a wide variety of smells form all the different types […]

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The Happiness is Present

On Saturday we had the opportunity in visiting a school in the out skirts of Phonm Penh. As we were driving on the dirt road to the school not expecting anything we turned the corner and there before us was a school in the trees. It was really beautiful what they could create out of […]

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Day 6: Angkor Wat

A symbol of Cambodia and source of national pride is the Angkor Wat temple complex.  This United Nations World Heritage Site was built in the 9th century and restored by the French in the early 1900’s as it had been completely enveloped by the jungle.  Originally built as a Hindu temple, today it acts as […]

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Day 4: Siem Reap

Half way through our tour of Cambodia, today we flew from Phenom Penh to Siem Reap. This northern city is like a small town compared to the capitol, and much more lush.  Before our stop Meta Karuna Center, we explored the downtown streets and alleyways, shopping for souvenirs.   Bedtime came early as we prepare […]

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Cambodia Cliff Diving

The sun dried hay pokes into my dirt covered feet as I catch my breath. With the sun beating down on me and my body visibly covered in sweat from the layer of humidity I rush forward into the abyss. The dry ground crunches underneath the weight of my rapidly advancing feet. The warm Cambodian […]

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The Remembrance of the Past

Yesterday I had a very enlightening experience because I was able meet a survivor one  of the seven survivors of torture Toulslang Prison. He shared his very scary but interesting story with us of what Khmer Rouge did to him and how he was one of the seven that survived. The way in which he […]

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Remembrance of the Past

Tuol Sleng Prison stands as a monument of the unspoken horrors and tragedies of the Khmer Rouge. The broken and corroding walls of the once high school convey a strong lesson, displaying an event that seeks to never occur again. With pictures of the victims on the wall and torture tools in clear sight, it […]

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The Lone Survivor

Day 2, seriously? We have done so much over the past two days that it feels like we have been here for a week. As like the first day, today was another one full of yin and yang. In the morning we took a short bus ride to Tuol Sleng Prison, a former high school […]

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Day 2: Tuol Sleng Prison

The second day of our trip started with a brisk three mile jog around Monument Park in Phnom Penh.  We would need the energy and optimism for our first outing of the day: Tuol Sleng Prison. This secondary school was turned into a prison by the Maoist Khmer Rouge and used as a torture center. […]

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Cambodia: A Place in Pictures

The city here is frantic, possessing a sense of urgency that only serves to energize itself. The oblivious bliss of Phonm Phen is mystifying, drawing you in with every successive street corner. Everything thing here seems somehow intimate, like you share a secret with everyone you pass. It’s the faces that connect with you. The […]

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