Last Stop in Thailand

I had my last Thai pancake and omelette. At the airport we had a pizza from “Canadian Pizza”! In the airport I had my Swiss army knife taken away because I packed it in the carry on. – Alexandra


Getting ready to catch our plane to Delhi. Goodbye Thailand.

 

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Moving on

I was so tired after all those days, I slept until 12:30 today. I had my last awesome falafel. The next day we went by taxi, tuk-tuk and train from Siem Reap to Bangkok. – Isaac

There was nothing to do an no one to do it with. (This poor lonely child!) I did homework and wrote postcards. There was little to do. I had Cambodian falafels for the last time. I will miss Siem Reap, I hope it doesn’t change. We said goodbye and started on our way. – Alexandra

 

 

Saying goodbye to our buddy Chhunly.

Walking towards the Cambodia-Thailand border.



 

Rural Cambodian Life

The rural way of life is very different than what I grew up with. Both cultures involve plenty of hard work but in Cambodia most work is done by hand and/or animals. The majority of time is dedicated to just subsistence living to cover the basic needs of life. – Baruch

 

 

 

 

Basket fishing.

 

 

A goitre this size would never happen back home.


 

Friends, Free Popcorn and 50 cent Beers

Cambodia was the first country on our trip so far where we met another traveling Canadian family. The kids were so happy to finally be able to interact with kids their age who also spoke English! We spent lots of time with them touring the temples of the Angkor complex, eating ice cream, discussing the joys and vagaries of travel, getting massages, and eating meals – the majority of them being at the restaurant the kids seemed to like, with the “red chairs and free popcorn”. (Maybe a few of the adults also appreciated the .50 mugs of beer) – Kim

 

 

Beng Melea

Today we went to Beng Melea. Its ruins we’re slightly disappointing from going and playing tag the other day, because there were no safe places to play. The temples were run down and grown over and all collapsed. I enjoyed them for the scenery but the place didn’t have anything to play on. (I thought they were the most magical of all the temples so far- Kim). After we went to a rock quarry used for rocks to restore the temples. When we went back to town we went and hung out at our friends pool. Then we went to dinner together for the last time at the .50 beer place. I will miss having friends to play with! – Alexandra

Today we went to some temples with the *Canadians*. We played water polo, underwater hockey, and had bananas, oreos, and whipped cream together! Then we went to eat at the red chair place and did stop motion with Eric again. Then he had to say goodbye to the *Canadian* family. – Isaac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Dance Show

Today I worked on homework and mailed some stuff home. Later that evening we went to an orphanage show with traditional Cambodian dancing. – Isaac

We walked to an orphanage. They did three types of dances, a Hanuman dance, a Khmer Bamboo dance and a Fishing Dance. The kids smiled and seemed to be having a good time in their bright costumes.-Alexandra

This orphanage is a locally initiated organisation. They put on nightly dance shows and invite the public, who can choose to donate or not after the performance. They do the show (different children perform in the show on each night) to teach the children their traditional Khmer culture, but also to raise funds while they are waiting for their new farm to start generating enough income to become self-sustainable. – Kim


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Night on the Town, Local Style

We went out to dinner tonight with one of the hotel staff named Chhanly. We went to eat in the outskirts of town where the locals eat. There was a little carnival going on so we all threw darts at balloons and won 5 cans of coke. Channly told us some amazing stories, and this was one of them……. – Isaac 

(Story omitted from blog to protect the innocent – blog moderator)

Channly bought me some chicken. It was very delicious and well-cooked. – Alexandra.

Channly had many tales, which we will share with you in person. We can tell you that he lost 3 brothers to the Khmer Rouge, after they took rice because they were literally starving. He is married to a Canadian and is awaiting permission from the Canadian government to enter Canada to be with his wife, which they estimate will take 22 months. The government would not allow him to come visit on a tourist visa. – Kim