The groups good-bye

Trip Start Jan 11, 2005
Trip End Nov 29, 2005

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Our last day in the capital started early. We went to the killing fields just on the city borders. It is shocking to me to think that the civil war in Cambodia just finished up about 7 years ago. It is a really somber place. There isn't much information there but at the same time it isn't needed. Each hole has just a little statement in English about what type of person was found there. The saddest thing I saw was a tree next to one of the pits that stated "Babies were hit against this tree before being thrown in the pit." Human nature is unbelievable. From there, we went to the prison that gave the killing fields their substance. A video in the prison showed the ruralization of the people and followed two people that were eventually killed at the killing fields. At the prison, there were thousands of photos of the people that "disappeared" during the Khmer Rouge regime. Basically, the Khmer Rouge photographed everyone that they killed during this time period. The prison also had various forms of torture available for the public to try and understand. At the end of the day, you may be able to see all of this stuff and read it but I don't think that you could ever understand what could lead someone to do this to someone else. With the morning being so depressing, it was a bit of relief to be able to do some good. For lunch, we ate at this amazing restaurant called Friends. The profit goes to UNICEF and their Cambodian projects. Our afternoon consisted of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.

There was a little time in between to pack our bags for our border crossing into Vietnam the next day and also get a bit of a kip before heading out for our last night with the group. Our last dinner took place at the Foreign Correspondence Club, which over looks the river. According to our guide, it is the only place in Cambodia that adds V.A.T to its bill. The group seemed to be at its best enjoying our meals and watching people on the streets go to and fro. Our next stop was a bar down the road. As we were going down the road, we serenaded our group leader with a song with the lyrics "its getting hot tonight, so you better not go home." It is a popular Cambodian song and soon we had a little kid singing with us and walking down the street. We got to the bar and decided that we needed to get the party started. It was early enough and the special at the bar was buy 2, get 1 free. Kun's idea was to get bottles of Vodka between two people. Yeah, it sounded like a good idea at the time. Vodka and Red bull for 10USD a person. It was like all you can drink night. The band went on and we partied a bit more. We definitely were the party. Dancing all night and singing into the mikes (that were apparently on but we didn't think they were!!) People started dying off slowly and braving the bad weather to make it back to the hotel. Our trip home was through flooded streets and a big pass out in the bed. Our early morning bus was definitely interesting as the majority of the group, including our group leader, was still drunk. Well, at least we had 4 hours before having to cross into Vietnam!!!
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