The last few days have been fun but rather exhausting. Almost every day I have told myself I would do a blog post at night as I have so much to write about but each night I have ended up konking out,putting off posts to later. On the bright side, here I am in the Siem Reap Hostel’s computer lounge writing this post which will be more like a photo gallery with entertaining captions.
Freedom from the French:Independence Palace
Catering to differing cultures: Asian and American Dining under one roof
“And it’s one, two, three,What are we fighting for ?Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam”(I feel like Im Fixin’ to die rag by Country Joe and the Fish)-unnecessary US involvement in Vietnam-American subsidized helicopter
Tour of Cambodia:Adventures in Phnom Penh,Battambang and Siem Reap
In and Around Phnom Penh
My temporary office on a bus to Phnom Penh:analyzing my games from a tournament I played in HCMC with a set the organizers gave me
More culture shock: Bugs for sale on the ferry the bus went on on the way to PP: Question- Are fried bugs kosher?
The tuktuk: the best(cheapest)way to get around town- negotiating from a few dollars to less dollars
*Side note:On my anthropology final I wrote about Tuktuks as a defense to globalization as it is one example of a good that was founded in the East and brought to western nations diverse as the UK, Netherlands and Guatemala.
Remembering the “Cambodian Holocaust”,the Khmer Rouge: Skeletons at the Coeung Ek Genocidal Center
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Chinese/Communist influence: Mao Tse Toung Blvd
Divine powers in the temples of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Am Yisrael Chai!:Israeli flag in PP!
“There she was right a-walkin’ down the street, Singin’, Do wah Diddy diddy dumm Diddy” do: That’s right- an elephant walking along the sidewalk!
That’s all for now. I am waking up at 4am(4 am!) tomorrow to visit Angor Wat tomorrow. Ill post Battambang and Siem Reap pics soon. I am flying back to the US from Singapore on Tuesday and we are not exactly sure of our plan until then. We are debating how long to stay here and whether or not to go to Bangkok before flying to Singapore. It is safe now but flights are expensive and I don’t particularly want to take a 9 hour bus ride.. Any advice?