Tuesday, July 9, 2013
07.09.2013 - 07.09.2013 31 °C
We woke up at 6:30 am and took our time getting organized, got sorted out and met again at the Indochine 2 restaurant for breakfast. Today we asked our server what her name was and she told us Sammy. She was a happy, engaging person who laughed often and loved to play small practical jokes. Her grin beamed across her face from ear to ear. How nice to meet someone so very happy. The sad part is when she told you about her boyfriend, an older Australian man who she pointed out to someone in our group and she explained that she only got to see him twice a year. I guess this is the darker side of life in a third world country where people are vulnerable.
Breakfast was at a table outside on the sidewalk. I like hot countries as you get to eat outside year round. Of course with the heat does come the downside...a lot more bugs and they also seem to come in larger sizes in hot places. We had a western breakfast and then we went to the Phnom Penh Central Market. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Market,_Phnom_Penh Oh what a market. Shopping bliss. Bargaining bliss until I got lost. When we arrived I went to the jewellry section and bought some bracelets and earrings. Good deals. What can I say, shiny and sparkly and it was great but also quite overwhelming. We will be going back to the market in Phnom Penh before we leave Cambodia. There are still so many things that I want to buy for gifts and myself. What can I say, my surrogate daughter and Linda and I are most excited to go shopping. We have been nicknamed the Indochines. Anyways I did eventually meet up with the group outside the market, a bit late but I found them. I had gotten turned around inside the market and came out the wrong way.
We had lunch back at the hotel and after lunch we would head off to Pursat. A van and driver had been hired to take us to Pursat as it made more sense than to take two vehicles. The driver, Sing would be our driver for the entire length of our trip. We piled into the van and loaded up everything that we wanted to take to Pursat. Anything that we didn't need could be left at the hotel in Phnom Penh.
About half way towards Pursat we stopped at a roadside restaurant to get ice cream. Unfortunately, they didn't have any and so some of us had a beverage and then back into the van to continue our trip to Pursat. When we arrived at the hotel in Pursat we met Leah who is the director of HOPE in Cambodia.
We had dinner and then we went to our rooms to settle in and get to sleep as tomorrow we would be going to the HOPE office and then head to the village of Prahos Kbal.
It was a light hearted day with laughter. We all really needed it after yesterday's trip to the Killing Fields and S21, the prison.