Cambodia: July 8 – 9, 2015

  • Phnom Penh
  • Currency: Cambodian Riel – USD is preferred and accepted everywhere, and local currency will usually be given back as change
  • Travelling from Siem Reap – Phnom Penh on a public Cambodian bus, complete with a TV at the front playing King Kong, and a Beyonce marathon
  • Trying to cool down at the roof-top pool – whilst being watched by construction workers at the building across the road (insert jokes about Kim and I finding a Cambodian husband)
  • Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh
    • Artificial Hill: standing in the middle of a busy intersection and taking jumping photos
    • Independence Monument
    • Royal Palace
  • Prison S21 & The Killing Fields
    • Learning about the Cambodian Genocide which caused the death of 2 million people (25% of the total population)
    • The genocide targeted the educated (students, professors, doctors, lawyers), government officials, Chinese Cambodians, and others that were deemed “suspicious”
    • The areas of the Killing Fields that have been excavated thus far (there is still a lot more to be excavated) has uncovered the remains of approximately 30,000 people who were executed
    • Meeting 2 of the survivors of S21 and buying their books
    • One of the most eye-opening, emotional, and humbling experiences of my travels/life – if you ever get a chance to go, I would highly recommend it – it gives you a whole new perspective on life
    • Hearing personal stories from our tour guide and friends
  • Russian Market: good for souvenirs, make sure you’re ready to bargain
  • Looking for an ATM and having to walk 4 blocks alone/crossing main roads with the constant thought “it’s okay, the cars will avoid me, keep walking”
  • Foot massages for $5 per hour
  • FCC for drinks and good pizza:
    • rooftop bar and restaurant
    • 2 for 1 drinks from 5 to 7pm
    • nice view of the river
  • Little kids running around selling bracelets (3 for $1) and having one little girl sass me: “why won’t you help me?” “I’m not talking to you” “you need to stop talk”
  • Going to the same massage place so many times that they remember you and say “welcome back again”
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