Travel Blogs from Phnom Penh
... encouragement and courage. I now realise that the pain that used to reside in me has prevented me from seeing the good things around me and how in comparison to what the kids are going through on a daily basis (such as not having clean, running water, electricity, heat, air conditioning, a car, a bike, shoes, clothes and a even a chair and a desk...), my so called pain was not even something to have been dwelled on for so long. Thank ...
... that we traveled through. At the border we had to wait for our visas but I didn't see anyone look at my passport photo so my passport could have been anyone's. It was all very relaxed. Lucy and I came unstuck when we got to a 'happiness centre' (toilet) which charged for use. We'd been so pleased with ourselves for spending every last Vietnamese dong we had in Vietnam until we visited these toilets. Luckily ...
... tour, but the way was blocked by police so we had to walk the last but. Not sure why, but possibly something to do with the recent protests. Our guide was also late due to this, but we managed to find our open top jeep to start the tour. After seeing the state of the tires I decided to keep one hand holding on to the seat in front the whole way in case of blowout, but it was suggested that we could stand up ...
... that had sub-standard foundations and had
started to sag before it was even half completed. The tower was now
listing and nobody had any idea what to do about it, it had been in
the same condition now for two years and it didn't seem like anything
was going to change any time soon.
It was actually nice to be
back working, I vanished immediately under a pile of kids, some of
whom I didn't even teach. I had made the mistake of throwing a couple
... and they would like you to think that they're
building a better future and a better future generation. Sadly the
current generation doesn't have the ability to understand that this
takes an effort.
After the lesson I took
their tests to mark and went for a coffee. The neighbourhood was not
a good one. There were a lot of province people, darker skinned and
timid who were living there. They're the nicest of the people I had
met in town but with them ...