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Mandalay

Koh Kong Island
The King is Dead

November 7th 2014
Even though I have the luxury of air, owing to the fact I’m quite a bit taller than most of those around me, it still feels crushingly claustrophobic as I surge and sway with the motion of the crowd. Over to the left a dozen or so people break through the barrier and make a run for it. Neither the police nor soldiers holding the line seek to chase them, deciding instead to hold their positions a ... read more
Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh

Cambodian Flag Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, whose Angkor Empire extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Subsequently, attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the ... ... read more
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7th November 2014

Most importantly, I wanted to say that Mandalay looks so adorable in this rash guard! Second to that, what a fascinating ceremony to experience! Cambodia seems to be one of those countries where today and yesterday have converged so quickly that time seems to rush forward and stand-still in a paradoxical reality. Very curious to see how close you will get to finding "the" Beach...
8th November 2014

Paradoxical reality
We convince ourselves we are able to physically visit the past but it is of course always today. Perhaps this realization is what makes funerals such powerful experiences, forcing us to confront the inevitability of time, change and the impermanence of it all. The death of the king closes the door on one of the most momentous periods in Cambodia's history and for those attending, a period encompassing their entire lives.

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