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Thursday, December 17, 2009

After a mad scramble to get Sarah a new passport so she could enter Cambodia, we were off to meet our mom.  We were excited for air conditioning, nice beds, free food...and of course to see her!

We arrived at the Pavilion around 5 pm and had a very happy reunion. Our hotel was very nice, and had a tropical pool set in the entry. That night we went out for Cambodia food, and tried a classic dish called "fish amok." It is a souffle like  steamed curry of fish, lemongrass and coconut cream.  We also tried Cambodian BBQ, and got a large conical grill at our table to cook our own meat. It was all delicious.

The next day we went to the Royal Palace and the silver Pagoda. Then, our day took a sad turn with a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. This was a former highschool used as the notorious secret prison S-21 under the Khmer Rouge regime. Of the estimated 17,000 men, women and children who were imprisoned there, only 12 survivors are known. Our tour guide was herself a survivor of the forced relocations from Phenom Penh by the Khmer Rouge, and her father and brother had both been killed under the regime. After the museum, we went out to the killing fields outside of Phenom Penh, where thousands of bodies have been found. The site is called Choeung Ek and it is today the site of a buddhist memorial for the victims.

If you're interested in more information about these two sites:

That evening we stopped by the Russian market, which has every sort of souvenior you could ever want, and went out for Cambodian again.

Glums and Glows
Glum: having the most depressing tour ever through the prison
Glow: We have A/c and real beds.... and of course seeing mom!

Glum- that everyone we met had a family that died during the khmer rouge regime
Glow- the fox women being all together

glum- the teeth at the killing fields
glow- fish amok.... mmmmm

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