Homestay

Trip Start Aug 28, 2008
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Trip End Nov 11, 2008


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Friday, September 19, 2008

It was another long journey to get to the homestay because we had to change bus in the capital city, Phnom Pehn.We had two hours to burn in the shopping centre between changing buses so I went to an internet cafe with the slowest internet I have used in as long as I can remember and bought some more socks because I think the laundry lady nicked some!!
The homestay was in the middle of  no-where, in a tiny village in the Cambodia countryside, sorounded by hills. In the afternoon we played volley ball which turns out to be a sport that I am fairly good at. When the ball would go into the woods everyone was worried about landmines, which apparently is still a problem in some areas. In the evening some of the local people cooked us food and later they taught us to dance, Cambodian style to local music.
The house that I stayed in, along with some of the others was a traditional wooden stilt house. The family had a few cows and a couple of dogs and like everyone else in the village were farmers.  I felt a little guilty that we had robbed the family of their house because they slept under the house on hammocks because all the rooms are used as bedrooms. I think my room was a childrens room although its hard to tell because the room was quite bare. The room also didnt have any electricity so I was provided with a candle for light and there was no running water in the house either.
Whilst its good to experience local life I much prefer to go back to an air conditioned hotel room for bed so i am glad that this was the last homestay of the trip.
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