Travel Blogs from Phnom Penh
... in the whole city. It was another case of a personal
grudge and something nasty being whispered in the right ear by the
wrong person, or vice versa.
He was working now for a
school run by westerners which has found a niche among the top 3 in
the country. He spun tales of the facilities, working lesson plans,
scholarships for gifted students, career satisfaction and respect
from the management. I had a pen, although to be absolutely fair, ...
... course, nothing ever
goes totally smoothly out here and while the rest of us had, he had
not been paid. This was something we had expected, a vindictive
parting gift from the head of English. Steve spent the remainder of
the break scurrying around trying to sort that out until the next
My first class in the
afternoon is probably my favourite. The mix of kids is perfect and
they have a vibe that sits just right with me. We can waste a ...
... turtle fin 'industry' that was evident right up and down the front. We saw crocs being skinned, crocs that had been skinned and were then being roasted and loads of skins without crocs (hanging up in leather goods shops). Eyebrow raising. Another bus ride took us to Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City if you prefer. I don't mind) for the night before catching our flight to Con Son, in the Con Dao Islands. Now this was an improvement on Mui No! Our ...
... a month and the kids were ecstatic which was lovely. The first thing I noticed was that the boys had football shirts on but there wasn't a ball in sight. When the local volunteers told me they didn't have any at the moment I brought some mini balls they could play with. A rewarding experience I won't forget in a long time!
Pics on ...
... babies were killed in front of them, in a gruesome way I won't repeat as it is too horrifying and reduced Genesta to tears.
The killing field is a piece of history, preserved as a lesson and reminder. In the centre stands a tall pagoda, four or five stories high, filled with skulls and other human bones arranged in rows behind glass. These come from the mass graves found at the site. They were placed in the pagoda, and are prayed over by monks many times a ...