Just a few things..
Trip Start Jul 08, 2010
25Trip End Oct 14, 2010
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I lost one flip flop at the the centre. I borrowed someone flip flop and went in search for mine. Every child i met thought it was funny and told me that in khmer to have two different things, 'odd' is to say a cow and a buffalo! I thought it was a great way to explain it, sort of the same thing, but not matching!
Also i saw today, and learnt that, Cambodians are partial to cat, dog, and fertilized chicken eggs. You see men selling them with the chick slightly cracking the shell! I've been told it takes the same as it basically a boiled egg but with a tiny tiny chick forming in it.
When the founders of the charity went to visit one of the parents of a few of the children, they were greeted with disappointment as the parents had just started spit roasting a dog. The parents were upset that the founders were missing out on the feast. The same thing happened once with a cat!
In some of the smaller restaurants they have glass cages with the food, or noodles sitting waiting to be picked. I stay away from these at all costs as it is unsafe. One day i pass a glass cage, and i'm stuck by a roasted skull, but with pearly white canines. I look closer and discover it could only be a dog head!
Its funny though, bearing all this in mind, how kind people are to dogs here. I mean its like being in France, women walk around with small poodlely dogs all the time, all be it, there not so white and always have crooked teeth! There are a lot of bigger dogs to, many wonder about during the day and head home at night to guard the house. I have no seen any pets for sale in a market or any hungry dogs, but maybe its so they make a good meal!
I have also seen that fathers have a very strong and active role with their children, this is a stark contrast to what i've experienced in Ghana. Where men only acted to punish children. In Cambodia, you won't find it strange to see a man holding about 3 kids and playing about with them all day. This might have something to do with the factory industry, lots of women work in the many factories in the city and on the edge. including H&M and ZARA!
I will add to this post as i find out more strange...no lets say interesting things about Cambodia.