Six tonnes of silver..

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Here goes for the second part of today's blogging! After a nice spell post Russian Market, pizza and swimming we were off again in the bus and round the corner to the Grand Palace and Silver Pagoda. Now we figure that we should feel priviledged that the king was in residence but what wasn't so good was the fact that he was receiving ministerial visitors today. What did that mean to us? Well, the Grand Palace was closed to tourists - even famous ones! A bit of a shame but not the end of the world. So, it was a look through the locked gates at the Grand Palace and then on to the Silver Pagoda. This temple is amazing. Not only does it house a 90kg 24 carat gold buddha statue complete with 25 carat diamond (and loads of smaller ones) but the whole temple floor consists of silver tiles - total number around 500 at a weight of close to 6 tonnes! Everyone was pretty impressed with the place - particularly Mason who completely ignored the "NO PHOTOGRAPH" sign and busily happy snapped away until a 4 foot Cambodian guard snatched his camera and ejected him from the temple......Mmmm, nice one Mason. After a little grovelling the camera was returned, minus photos. I guess it was a lesson for everyone to obey instructions!!!
We came back to the hotel for a breather. Everyone was a little tired and so it was suggested that a nice hour in room break was the order of the day. That was fine until some of the group decided to play the old phone box favourite - how many students can we fit into the lift - which caused a technical malfunction resulting in 8 students being stuck in the lift for 10 minutes. Yep, onward and upward!
We were lucky enough to have a visit at the hotel from Rowan Martin-Hughes. He is a local Glen Huon guy who is now living in Phnom Penh working for Australian Volunteers International as a 'knowledge management consultant' information organiser basically. He spoke about his experiences living and working in Cambodia - the students were really interested to hear about how he came to be a volunteer and the challenges he faces on a daily basis.
Then off for dinner - a spectacular feast of Khmer food. The restaurant was just beautiful - the lighting, flower arrangements, food presentation - it really was something else. We're not sure how we're going to go eating when we get back home after being spoilt over here.
So now, a good night's sleep. We're all pretty tired and we have a big bus ride tomorrow to Siem Reap. BUT, it is via the 'spider village' so we'll see what that brings......just wait for the photos of that one!! Catch you tomorrow!
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Annabelles Mum on

More great photos. I would have loved to see the photos of the buddha. Make sure you all taste the spiders and dont overload anymore lifts.

joshs mum on

josh dont bring ur friend home and no wife please lol

Mason's Mum on

Hi everyone - We love the daily updates on the blog - it makes us feel like we are travelling with you.

Mason, please READ the signs ... but on the upside, glad to see you have still got your camera....! Will try to ring either tonight or tomorrow. Stay safe. Mum

Michelle - From the US for Georgia on

Hey there! Your mum sent me a link to your blog and I just read through everything and looked at the pics. You guys look like you are having fun. Enjoy the rest of your trip. I look forward to reading the rest of the entries and looking at more photos. Stay safe!

Diane Balding on

This all sounds very interesting. I hope that you enjoy Siem Reap.

Siennas mum on

Hey everyone, I'm still jealous. Great pics. Someone is stealing my massage!

Elise Taylor - Tane's mum on

These photo's and blog updates are fantastic, thank you, I'm so glad you are all having such world-expanding experiences, and able to share these with us back in Tassie! Keep them coming! You'll all be seasoned adventurers by the time we see you next! Stay safe xx

Monica Vincent on

Did anyone get a photo of Rowan Martin Hughes? I used to play badminton with Martin and his mum and dad at Ranelagh for a few years. He was a very bright student who had great success in Mathematics. I enjoy reading the travel blog every day it is just so interesting and information. I especially love to hear about Catherine and Mason and look forward to seeing their photos.

jordans mum on

Awesome!!! How lucky are you guys!!! So pleased you are having a great time and seeing so many wonderful things:) Jordan Im going to take a wild guess that you are one of the people who got stuck in lift!!! lol Cant wait for the next blog:) Mmmmmm spiders ewwwwwwwww!!!!

jordans mum on

Ok yep just went through he pics again and no Jordan you werent in the lift!!! hahahaha Im surprised:)!!

Cassie's mum on

It was fantastic to talk to you this morning Cass. We really are missing you but so pleased that you are experiencing so many different things that are way out of our normal life. Hmmmm, how did everyone go at the "spider village"? Lots of tasty morsels consumed?
Can't wait for next blog :)

Leanne Sveen on

Loving the updates and photos, sounds like the trip of a lifetime for you all. Looking forward to tales and pics from the Spider Village.

Monica Vincent on

and informative (I did mean to type in)

Sienna's Nan W on

How lucky the whole group is to be on such a wonderful well organized tour, you certainly have packed a huge amount in, in such a short time and being able to learn first hand the recent history of the countries is so special. How are we going to keep them "down on the farm" after all this. Looking forward Sienna on you report of the whole trip, you have probably learned more in this 2 weeks than in the whole of last year

Lin Rayment on

Fantastic photos as always :)
Loved the Elephant...just stunning :)
Thought you would have been in the lift Jordan....hahahaha!!!
Have fun with the Spiders.....eeeeeewwww :(

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