Siam Reap; Artisans Workshop & Angkor Museum

Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 23, 2013

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Flag of Cambodia  , Siem Reap,
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Not really having any plans, we decided we would spend the day local and visit the Artisans Workshop and the Angkor National Museum. It had rained during the night, the first time for four months allegedly, and it certainly felt cooler.

We set out about 10:00 to find the Artisans Workshop which wasn't far from the Hotel. The scheme offered underprivileged young Cambodians the opportunity to learn a skill to provide a sustainable living and income for the future, which could be passed down through the generations. The emphasis was on ornamental stone and wood scultpure, lacquerware, silk weaving and painting. It was extremely gratifying seeing the young men and ladies so carefully applying their skill to individual pieces and if we had not been travelling, I would have certainly bought something from the little shop at the end, even though some of the items were a tad pricey. When we got outside, Terry treated us both to a scoop of ice cream in a carton -last of the big spenders.

I had still to do a 'test posting stuff home' exercise and had bought my chopsticks (purchased on the beach at Hoi An) with me to do so. The Post Office was en route to the Angkor National Museum, so we didn't have to go out of our way. The chopsticks, my lucky shell and owl bag cost $15 to send home - shocking. Terry just raised his eye brows and handed the money over the counter.

By the time we got to the Museum it had got very hot again and we were both glad to be inside the modern air conditioned building. The museum was really well laid out. It choose to present the historical path of the Khmer kingdom through an amassed collection of invaluable artefacts, and used multi media technology, such as short films and headsets, to support understanding. It really helped us to make sense of the temples and their sequence of development, along with information about the kings who built them. We spent 2.5 hours in the museum and felt it was extremely worthwhile. Terry kept testing me on things after we left the Museum and I got all the answers right. I'm not sure why he does things like that.

On the way back to the Hotel we stopped at a restaurant to have something to eat. I had deep fried chicken and a papaya salad; a strange mixture of unhealthy and healthy I thought. Terry had Spring Rolls, again. We strung our time at the restaurant out for as long as possible as we were both dreading going back to the Hotel and discovering the electricity was out. Terry said he didn't know whether Cambodia was a Communist country, so as we had already had a little conversation with the waiter, I said I would ask him. I don't know what happened in translation, but he started to tell us about the 'electrocity', and explained in detail that Siam Reaps electrocity came from Thailand, but that Phnom Penhs came from Vietnam. Terry seemed satisfied with his response even though his answer in no way related to my question. Even though the waiter offered himself for further advice, I decided not to ask him any more questions. We both congratulated him on his English skills before leaving.

We returned to the Hotel at about 18:00 and could see the candles even before reaching the entrance. Terry went immediately into deep depression even though the receptionist said the electricity would be back by 18:30.

Sure enough, the electricity returned just after 18:30. As we were leaving early the next day, packing whilst we had light had to be a priority. I noticed a sense of urgency to Terry's packing, he wasn't being as meticulous with his folding as I had become used to. I also noticed a fluid sequence to his charging of devices using the one adaptor we had bought with us. I took note of the fact that the charging of my mobile phone was left until last.

The electricity lasted whilst we Skyped home and right up until we were ready for bed. All but a few items had been packed, so we could both go to sleep without worry.
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