Arrived in PP

Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
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Trip End Apr 27, 2010


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Friday, March 26, 2010

After four hours in the bus we get to PP and,oh joy, the hotel is very nice, has a pool. Amelie is just happy to stay and swim while her sisters try to sleep off their fever. Michael decides to go and walk around at the market around the corner while I stay and do just nothing at the pool, with Amelie. We stay at the hotel for dinner, Math and Margaux being to unwell to move. Next day the girls are much better, at least no more fever..but on Bananas and rice for the coing days!!! After breakfast I leave by myself to visit the S 21 museum (Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum). The museum is in the old high school that was turned into a prison by the Khmer a few days after their entry in PP on April 17th 1975.The whole city was evacuated, the people being sent all over Cambodia to slave away, producing for the "Democratic (???!!!) Kampuchea From that day and for about 3 years and several months over 10000 intellectuals",high ranking officials   and cadres as well as anybody accused of leading the upraising agains Pol Pot were tortured to death and were to confess being traitors...pictures were taken of each prisoner before and after torture and their confessions recorded...alll this evidence has been found when the Khmer Rouge left the city in a hurry in early 1979. The museum is a tribute to all those poor people whose lives have been devastated, to all those who were separated from their families. It is also used as a psychological tool to help people recover in realising they were not alone, that they are part of a bigger picture (don't understand how that help...!!), tours being offered in groups to the local population. It also helps keeping the atrocities real and unforgotten as long as the leader's trials aren't final.
Anyway, enough of that, just happy the kids didn't see any of it..though the evidence is walking all around us and the girls keep asking about landmines .
In the afternoon it is Michael's turn to do his things his things. He gets back with pictures of nice fried spiders and cockroaches and I don't know what else, daring the girls to try some...They only get interested once he offers them 10$ each ...but haven't seen any since so we'll see what happens then..!!!Went out to dinner with M&M being pretty tired. Had a great italian dinner (yes, again!) and the Amelie was so happy to find Tiramisu on the menu (she had been talking about it for days!!!).
Phnom Penh is a great city! Not too big, lots of traffic of course but it has a kind of laid back atmosphere...all those old French buildings, cosy little coffee shops and arts and craft stores and lots of French speaking people. We could really imagine living here for a year or two. You just take your tuk tuk to go from one place to the other, get your baguette at the baker's....just cool! Had a drink (actually two...it was happy hour!!!) at the Foreign Corespondent Club, one of theose colonial style clubs where press people meet up as well as expats and some tourists...
Next day the girls are fit enough to visit the National Museum, a beautiful building built by the French about 70 years ago. We have a French speaking guide to comment the visit (very hard to understand) and the girls end up waiting for us in the garden...so much culture for one day!!!
Relax at the pool again (kind of feel guilty spending so much time at the pool instead of doing cultural stuff but end up convincing ourselves that the girls need a little more rest...bad parents!!) and dinner in a superb French restaurant recommended to us by a French girl who lived in Cambodia several years ago (coucou Karin!!). The place is calles "Comme a la maison"..I would have called it "Mieux qu a la maison"!!! We had Pave de Boeuf and all the works.....yummy!! Great deserts too...we are now of course over budget but the heck, we live just once.
After the Palace next day we go on a shopping expedition at the so called Russian market and end up buying...too much and an extra bag to put all the too much in. We seem to be unable to go on vacation and get back without an extra bag..!!!
Tomorrow we take the bus to Kampot, about 5 hours away.
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Ama on

I made my comment in the wrong place, I notice. And next to the wrong picture!
Anyway, if you're running out of liquid, We can come and bring you some more§§ How about it. Glad the girls are better. Did they eat something wrong?
Did not know you took Anselm along, with beard and all, haha!!

Bizzzz doei Mams

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