Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Entrance of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center

Cambodia is such a beautiful and mystical place, with so much culture, stunning landscapes, incredible folks, good food . . . everything a visitor could hope for. 

However, it’s not all pretty here.  In addition to all the lovely things, Cambodia also has quite the violent past, which consequently has negatively affected its current economic situation.

It’s definitely one of the poorest countries we’ve visited thus far.  And so yeah, communication has been tough, but fortunately we’ve gotten quite good at communicating with our hands!!  ;) 

So needless to say, we really enjoyed our time here.

Of course, gotta say that it also helped that things finally turned around for us, as far as hitchhiking’s concerned.  That always makes things better!!

So our hitchhiking adventure picked up again!!

Better roads, friendly drivers, and we even got a ride in a proper vehicle!! 

So, no more pick-ups, no more bumpy dirt roads, no more dust .

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields)
. . too good to be true, and all the way to Phnom Penh too!!  We really lucked out this time!!!

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, things got a little uglier for us though.  

We were hoping and expecting to get a helping hand from a friend, but unfortunately things didn’t work out the way we would have wanted them to.  Oh well!!

We ended up spending the night at this dump near the Central Market, which just so happens to be in a pretty shady area too.

But hey what more can you expect for $5 a night . . . not exactly the Hilton!!

Despite the condition of our room, we still managed to get a good night’s sleep, and the following day we got in a good day’s worth of sightseeing.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Choeung Ek Memorial (The Killing Fields)

It was incredibly eye-opening, not to mention, a great learning experience, as well. 

Quite depressing, but made me be more appreciative in various respects, as well as get another perspective of life.

Gosh, how we take some things for granted . . . shame on us.  My visit here has made me realize how fortunate I’ve been and how important it is just to be thankful for what I have. 

Our journey through Laos and Cambodia was really an educational one. 

I found out things that I never knew. 

Like the fact that MANY MANY bombs were also dropped on these two countries during the Vietnam War, but that the U. S. refuses to admit to.

So, you’d think that many folks would feel resentment and hatred towards those who caused such pain.  But no.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The Choeung Ek Memorial Stupa is full of human skulls

It was a bit weird walking around the streets, knowing what I now knew.

Yet, I was immediately relieved when the locals would just smile and greet me as we walked past one another.  Comforting.

And learning about the Khmer Rouge and the destruction that was brought upon the Cambodian people was . . . can’t find the words.  Shocking, sad, horrifying, upsetting . . .

All I know is that we can learn something from these folks.  Despite their violent past, they’ve managed to get past it, and continue onward.

We heard some stories of survival, and actually got an interesting story involving this guy we met who just so happened to have survived.

It was really moving to have him share his past with us, and learn that he’s contributing to the betterment of his country and humanity, in general.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Human skulls inside the Choeung Ek Memorial stupa

An extraordinary businessman.  Could learn a thing or two from him.  Will be sure to fill you in on this wonderful man and how our paths crossed in our next entry.

All in all, I’m really glad to have had the opportunity to explore this country, a bit.  It’s an amazing place and definitely deserves to be visited without a doubt.   

Now, off we go to our very last county in Southeast Asia . . . Vietnam, here we come!!!!  :)

L’organisation « Khmère Rouge », c’est l’histoire du Cambodge.

On ne peut pas passer à coté si on visite ce pays.

Cela se passa à ma naissance dans les années 80, des milliers de gens furent tués à cause de certains hommes communistes ayant fait leur études en France, puis revenu dans leur pays pour semer la terreur, pour des raisons encore aussi stupide que leurs idées.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Choeung Ek Memorial & the remains of the victims of the Killing Fields

La visite des musées vous fait froid dans le dos. Comment des gens pouvaient encore faire des choses comme cela et pourquoi !!

Je ne comprendrais jamais cette brutalité gratuite que pouvait infliger le peuple à son propre peuple.

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