what can you say..lets just hope nothing like this ever happens again

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At the prison

We got the bus here for 6 whole dollars each, not bad for a 6 hour Karaoke frenzy from one end of the country to the other!!!!

We decided to stay on the lakeside in PP as this apparently is the most laid back area of the city, so we consult the Lonely Planet, have a look at their top pick,after seeing it , instantly decide against it and go to another guesthouse down the street . All the guest houses on the lake jut out on pontoons over the water and we manage to get the end one with a great view of the lake, and later a fantastic view of the sunset. A real bargain at only 5 dollars thanks to my amazing haggler of a wife!!!!!! There's no time to look around the city so we content ourselves with a quick look around the local alleyways, then a quick cambodian curry ( not a patch on thai greens but not bad ) then bed.

at the killing fields
We've decided to hire bikes tomorrow to tour the city so we need some zzzzzzzz before that, so lights off and call the sandman in.....

The next day we're up and still humming Bob Marley no woman no cry, which they seemed to have on repeat in the bar all night occasionally mixing in I shot the sheriff for good measure!!!!!!!!

First off  we head to the hospital/ school/ interrogation centre Tuol Sleng, fucking hell ( sorry but it's necessary ) what a journey you go on in there, every emotion possible except laughter. How can people actually act like that, and more importantly how can people not learn from this and make sure nothing like this ever happens again. The whole tour leaves you completely shellshocked. The photos are just haunting - totally unreal.

If there is a more harrowing museum in the world, I for one don't want to go.....

Next on our tour we cycled out to the killing fields, 15 km out of the city, and here again it's absolutely horrendous. Sorry but it is , Pol Pot and all his many brain washed supporters must have been completely mental, it's disgusting what they did and how any of the many who are still avoiding arrest can actually live with themselves is beyond me. Bastards, bastards , bastards ....it truely is an awful experience going around and reading about the atrocities that happened in each place, but also one that would probably do every one of us some good and hopefully stop anything like this ever happening again!!!!!

One of the most striking thoughts we had was that all of the people milling around us have some connection with the war, with over two million people tortured and killed ,either they know or knew someone who was murdered or knew one of the murderers, what a mad thing that is.

Enough of this though.............................................PP is a great city and we've loved being here, we're off tomorrow on a bus to the beach to totally digest what we've seen here, read the book ''First they killed my father"  and  think about everything that happened here , first though I think we'll have a big stiff drink............................

Kaantie95 says:
It touches you deep, when you 'see' how it would have been in those days in the Killing field etc. thru the museums, meeting affected people.

It is a deep experience. How pitiful it is. There are scores of people who had suffered and still suffering, we need to be thankful to God with what we have. That's for me is the take I get seeing all these 'experiences'.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2009
Kaantie95 says:
Must have been a hard start for you beautiful people. No despair. Keep moving. I had the same feeling when I was in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Vietnam seeing and hearing all about the terrible things happened and still happening in this ****ing (sorry for the missing words) world. Most times it hurts to think.

Being in Germany now, visiting Berlin Wall and taking memories back thinking 'how the heck would an injured soldier in the winter and let to die, would have died if not by wound but by cold. I can't even deal properly with this cold weather.

Can you believe, these things are still happening. Madness.
Posted on: Jan 23, 2009
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At the prison
At the prison
at the killing fields
at the killing fields
Just about says it all!!!!
Just about says it all!!!!
Cazza on the water
Cazza on the water
sunset on the lake
sunset on the lake
almost artful
almost artful
I really wouldnt eat anything tha…
I really wouldn't eat anything th…
on our trusty steeds
on our trusty steeds
some of the sick bastards work..
some of the sick bastards work..
and some more....
and some more....
and more.
and more.
Pol Pot and where he should have b…
Pol Pot and where he should have …
the cells
the cells
same same
same same
a large cell, this one was almost …
a large cell, this one was almost…
paintings by one of the survivors
paintings by one of the survivors
at the killing fields
at the killing fields
mounds of the victims skulls at th…
mounds of the victims skulls at t…
says it all
says it all
there were hundreds of flutterbies…
there were hundreds of flutterbie…
more remains
more remains
The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
In memory of those who died.
In memory of those who died.
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