Well I’ve found it hard to keep up with the blog while here. It’s been very busy on top of information / sensory overload. Yesterday was my first day on my own in Cambodia. The rest of the group has headed back home or to other new destinations. I’ll be meeting with James and Athena Pond at their home here in Phnom Penh this morning, along with Seth Johnson and the new Transitions Communications team member. We’re discussing strategies and laying out plans for raising awareness and increasing sponsorships over the next few years. I’ll spend a lot of time working over the next few days but plan on heading to a nice beach early next week.
Last Thursday we had game night with the DREAM HOME girls. That was a lot of fun, everyone had a blast and it was great to get a little more time in with the girls before everyone headed back home.
Last Friday was the start of the King’s funeral procession. That was an amazing experience I’ll never forget. The event was on such a grand scale. We were right down in the middle of it all. We spent a solid hour having a great conversation with a couple of monks and then I got yelled at by the BHQ (the hard core military police brigade here) for climbing up in a tree to get some photos…. good times.
We got up early Sat and took a bus to Siem Reap for a few days. While there we spent two days touring the temples of Angkor Wat. We also took a boat out to experience the floating villages and on the last day took a Khmer cooking class. Every experience has been amazing. Glad I had some great new fiends with me that I met while here to spend it with. Would not have been the same by myself.
Tuesday night I took a plane back from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh where I will spend the next 10 days… starting my journey home on the 16th.
I’ll have to revisit many of these experiences later, probably after I am home, and go into more detail after taking time to process all of this. I can’t begin to go into all of it right now…. I’d have a short story VS a blog.
I have a few photos below. Thanks for following! Dan
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