Days 4 to 6 - The Beginning of the End
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March 29th, 2009 – by: invizee
We combined this visit to another temple visit to Banteay Srei (very pretty temple with its pinkish hues) and Rolous Group. By this time temple fatigue had really set in and we didn't stay long.
Tried the locally produced Blue Pumpkin ice-cream in town before heading to the Cambodian Cultural Village, set up to give an introduction to the culture and heritage of Cambodia.
We moved to different pavilion to watch the dances and other assorted items. Admittedly, some of the items were cheesy especially the parts where they got the tourists to join in and be part of the show. I remember a HK/China/Taiwan tourist who was so enthusiastic in performing, he was much better than the original performers! Entertained, we stayed till nightfall where the finale was a historical performance of the evolution of the kingdoms to what Cambodia now is.
We took it easy on Day 5 - this was mostly filled with last minue shopping for the people back home at Psar Cha and Pub Street.
All too soon, Day 6 rolled around. I am unashamed to say I was full of tears. Hanafy drove us to the airport and we took some parting photos with him. He left pretty quickly after that - i think deep down, he was sad to see us go too.
I started the waterworks in the airport before we even left. Whatever, I get this overwhelming feeling of sadness everytime I leave for home.
I didn't want to leave Cambodia.
It was harder to leave than I thought it would be. Perhaps its a combination of the places I've seen there and the people I've met. But I think it was the goodness and simplicity of the people there that touched me most.
But fly off I eventually did. We transited in Phnom Penh, where I moped some more at a coffee joint in the airport. We finally landed in Singapore in the afternoon where I spent much of my journey home reflecting.
And as I write all these entries down, the memories come crashing in waves back again. :)
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