The Circus is Coming to Town
Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
54Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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Before we went to the next place, we decided to have lunch. We had brought food with us, but our guides bought something from the food stall. We had just finished our dinner when one of the drivers came over to show us a national delicacy. What looked normal turned out to be revolting. It was a plain egg to look at but when he opened it up it turned out to be a nearly formed chick. You could see the beak, wings etc. We did offer him a bread roll to put it in but he refused saying bread is disgusting
Our last adventure took us to the so called Bamboo Train. The single track was built during the French occupancy and was used to transport goods. Over the years there has been little maintenance and the line has become warped through the searing heat. The locals still use the the track during the morning and tourists are allowed to ride it in the afternoon. The carriage is a bamboo platform with no sides. Due to the track being single, at any one time during the journey you come across an on coming train, the one with the least passengers has to alight and lift the carriage off the track. This enables the other train to pass by. We didn't encounter any oncoming trains but we did see the process take place when we got to the end. The journey wasn't as pleasant as we would have liked. Due to the track being bent and gaps between sections, you would get a bone crunching feeling every time you hit a missing section
Alison: Battambang isn't the most picturesque place to visit but, as Nigel has described, there is quite a lot to see and do when you get out and about. The main focus of the town is the market area which was right near our hotel. We used it to feed our current satsuma addiction but apart from that we didn't really purchase anything. One place in town that we did find very interesting was a child care centre called Phare Ponleu Selpak which means 'the brightness of art'. Phare Ponleu Selpak is a Cambodian non governmental organisation which aims to support community development through providing social,
educative and cultural services to children and their families. There are 30 children who actually live at the centre and many more who are supported whilst living with their families. Phare Ponleu Selpak’s action is centered around artistic practice and the children are encouraged in visual arts, performing arts and music. The school has a very good circus act which travels around Cambodia, as well as to other countries. We were lucky enough to be in Battambang when one of the performances was taking place. The show was very impressive though there were some heart stopping moments when parts of the act didn't quite go to plan. We were a bit nervous when the fire show started but we escaped with our eyebrows intact! We really enjoyed the performance so we would definitely recommend anyone visiting Cambodia to go and see it and support the centre.