We went to 'S21' which was a school before the Pol Pot regime in 1975 and which then became a torture camp till 1979. I have never seen cruelty and evil like it before. It explained a lot about the recent history of the country and made me and the girls want to do a political history degree
. The accounts of what went on just made you feel sick. Just to make things even more real we then went to the Killing Fields, again horrific scenes were en counted. Its strange how you feel disgusting going to visit such morbid places but at the same time they explain a lot about the country you are in and why it is the way it is. Regularly you see land mine victims with limbs missing begging on the streets. And visiting these places just helps you understand how its happened but certainly never Why??? I don't think anything can ever explain how people could be so barbaric. You really feel emotionally guilty at having so much and frustrated you can't do something to help them. Reading the 'Killing Fields' whilst being here brings it even more to life.
After a busy couple of days in the capital we thought we would head down to the beach as the girls wanted some sun and I am never one to say 'NO' to lying on the beach and doing nothing.
A very amusing thing happened when we were doing a bit of Yoga and Pilates on the beach at sunset when a couple of Korean tourists stopped and joined in with us. So I guess if my other vocations in life don't work out I can always go to Korea and teach Yoga!!
Well Miracles do happen...... I made it even after being dropped off at the wrong terminal initially. The adrenaline was pumping, my faith in transport had been restored. So after my 12 hour bus journey and 1 hour flight I was happy to see the familiar faces of Anna and Meera friends of mine from London. They are out here for a month to see Cambodia and Vietnam. Due to the fact they are only on a months holiday the word budget has a different meaning so we checked into Raffles. WOW, luxury beyond belief. I couldn't believe how amazing this place was. 5 star hotel is an understatement I think. You can imagine the culture shock I was having. I had gone from one extreme to the other. Meeting up with the girls was great and we managed to do a lot in the 2 days we had.