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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 16th 2019

Another delivery day. It amazes me how during the week, I thought we had done a good job filling up the holding containers with clean sand, pebbles and gravel only to have them emptied between us and the drill team. It was a comparable feeling to how I feel about laundry, dishes and showering...they always need to be done again even immediately after you finished them. The deliveries themselves were pretty straight forward, I did get a promotion to being allowed to help lower the filters out of the truck. As Shelby's dad would say..."we're so fit!" I also came more prepared with a neck gator to pull up over my face while we are in the truck to block out the passing car fumes and the dust from the dirt roads. The highlight of today ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 15th 2019

So Shelby and I decided despite the fact that eating out can be fairly cheap here and the street food is delicious, we needed a different option. We committed to the creation of a hotel home and have hung up art work and decorated our room. This week the newest addition to this home is a rice cooker! So far our rice cooker creations have been: Rice and pineapple beef Rice and chicken with steamed veggies Yellow chicken curry BBQ pork steak with veggies and rice FUNFETTI cake (x2 because the first cake we brought to work for Den was given away to a family during deliveries so a second was needed) The woman at the small corner store who does our laundry was so funny when we came in to buy coconut milk for the ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 13th 2019

Instead of making an investment in a gym membership here, we decided to try a yoga and pool pass at one of the local resorts. This is a jump into new waters for me as I have never committed to workout dominated by yoga. At the Angkor Museum, I got a quick lesson in the Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Many of the temples in the area are dedicated to Shiva the god of destruction. They explained Shiva also helps in creation and reaching enlightenment because he liberates things/thoughts/people by breaking bonds and connections which can lead to new things forming. If the mind gets stuck in one place, it can never grow into something new or bigger. If the cells never died, we'd never grow larger. The human challenge is to learn how to ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 12th 2019

This week I had the privilege of seeing the Phare show. They call it a circus (which I could not attend due to animal love and standards), but what it is is the most incredible acrobatically, musically entertaining displays EVER! The show they did was called Same Same But Differentwhich "explores the different habits and ways of living between Cambodians and foreign visitors." I laughed so hard and had my jaw drop at the strength, athleticism and poise of these individuals. This company is actually pretty amazing outside of their stunts and music compositions. They tell Cambodian stories and all artists (musicians, circus artists, and dancers) all graduated from Phare Ponleu Selpak which is an NGO school and professional arts training center located in Cambodia. The school was founded in 1994 by nine Cambodian men returning ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 11th 2019

Tonight one of the local cafes did a showing of the documentary of Don't Think I've Forgotten. I knew nothing about Cambodia prior to arriving. In fact, the volunteer coordinators got a good chuckle from Shelby and I recounting how 1 week before wanting to start we contacted them to set it up. Typically, they set things up 6 - 10 weeks in advance for people. They asked if we wanted to do anything besides the temples. We asked "What temples?" and their jaw dropped..."You really don't know ANYTHING and really fly by the seat of your pants!!!" So seeing this movie was a must because how can I remember something I don't know. The highlight of the cafe was two full walls of book exchange potential. The documentary was a flashback to high school American ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 10th 2019

The best analogy I have is Siem Reap is like Disneyland. Millions flock into Disneyland every year and leave California without seeing much beyond their hotel, the streets to the park and Disneyland. If they said, "I know California because I went to Disneyland," I would laugh. Siem Reap is a tourist bubble within Cambodia. Every year about 2 million people visit Siem Reap because it is the closest city to Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious monument and since it was built over 800 years ago, it is kind of a big deal. The large flux of people, has resulted in the creation of hundreds of resorts, hotels and guesthouses which are largely owned by foreign investors. There is also not a lot to do in the surrounding area outside of the ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap January 8th 2019

Our bags were left behind in Bangkok, but do to a tremendous speed walking effort we managed to catch our plane. The lack of clothes and hygiene items made getting ready this morning even easier. When we arrived at Trailblazers, they were loading up the truck to make filter deliveries and told us that we should get in. Childhood memories of driving back from the lake in the back of my dad’s truck hit periodically throughout the day as my spot was on a filter in the truck bed. As we left the edge of Siem Reap, we stopped for coffee. $1 for 20 ounces of iced coffee served in a plastic bag was a solid investment. Today was a different type of city tour as we entered the villages. When we entered the delivery village, ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 15th 2018

Welcome home” is the greeting that meets you by Kol, your newest family member, as you walk out of the small Siem Reap International airport and locate your name on a sign. A dynamic, good looking Cambodian with a heart of gold is how you will always remember Kol. He is just the start of something fantastic in Siem Reap. You jump into the air-conditioned van with Kol who hands you a small platter of ice cold fruit on toothpicks and even colder waters in metal drink bottles, and so the journey begins. Along the way, Kol tells you all you need to know about Siem Reap and Jaya House RiverPark Hotel where you are headed. “What would you like to drink when we arrive at the hotel?” Kol asks. “Wine, beer, maybe a cocktail?”. My ... read more
Drinks by the pool
Sunset drinks at the Rooftop Bar
Beautiful staff that are like family

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 5th 2018

Wow, I can't believe I have been here for a month already! I had planned to write a blog every week, but somehow that didn't happen, so maybe I should aim for once a month!! There have been a lot of changes at the school in the month since I arrived. We were already short one teacher when I arrived, now two more have moved on to other opportunities. ABCs is a stepping stone for new teachers, so it when they move on it is because they are moving up, which is great for them, but at the same time leaves the school in a bit of an awkward position. We have been able to hire one new teacher who started last week. I have spent most of this week in his classroom helping him to ... read more
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap December 2nd 2018

Siem Reap Slightly tense moment at Da Nang airport as we realised we hadn’t paid for our luggage to come with us to Cambodia. Very kindly the Airline allowed us to shell out $120 and the cases made it. Arriving at the hotel we were advised that there was a Water festival going on and the local entertainment area ‘Pub Street’ might be a bit noisy. A bit noisy! After listening to a thumping bass from about a mile away till 5.00 in the morning - we managed to get a couple of hours sleep before breakfast. Welcome to Cambodia! Apparently we are near ‘pub’ street which made Magaluf seem like a sleepy suburb. Next morning was fairly lazy then we went on a half day tour around some of the temples - avoiding Angkor Wat ... read more
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The trees taking over the temples.
photographer at work




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