Meeting the Families
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We were up quite early at 6 AM because our main luggage had to be taken off the camp site at 6:30 since vans and busses were not allowed to enter the national park after that. We had a nice breakfast at the tables out in the open air and then all went down to the waterfall. Now, I thought we'd seen the waterfall when we showered under it yesterday, but there proved to be another much bigger one further down. This one was absolutely amazing. One of the best waterfalls I've seen and you could swim in the pool beneath the water that crashed down from 30 meters above. Seemingly this waterfall has been used in the Tombraider movie with Angelina Jolie. After a great refreshing swim we packed our stuff and were off for the final 7 km of the trekking.
We eventually reached the other side of Phnom Kulen were steep stairs were leading down to ground level.
Now it was time to visit the two families where we would be building the houses. Arriving at the first family's house we saw that most of the hard stuff had already been done in the previous days. The foundations had been laid and the main structure of the house had already been set up. Our job was to finish the walls and floorboards over the next couple of days.
After Dr. Brett fooled around with the kids for a while (they were fascinated with his enormous height and they followed him like the Pied Piper) we walked 3 km to the next family.
We had a couple of hours off before dinner but I was tired and couldn't be bothered to go into town now, so decided to stay in the restaurant, have some beers and do some blogging. At half past seven we had dinner in the Indochina restaurant, including some great fish curry. Back in the hotel we had one final beer before calling it a day. By now I was getting used to the new time zone and it was easier to get to sleep.