Friday, 17 July 2009

Cambodia like a picture book

We arrived in Cambodia and when I looked out the window of the plane to Phnom Penh it was looking like into a picture book of an unknown world; a feeling of what is this going to be? Can the plane please turn around?
But this was real and happening.
The first experience was with Customs, where the visa cost us $20. My passport went past a row of custom officers and I never got my change back from the $50 I gave to the first one! I paid for both of us,so I lost only $10. Later that day I heard that this happens a lot to tourists coming in. So be aware..
The last two days have been a roller coaster of emotions: from amazing to sad, fear of the unknown, gratitude to be here, anything you can feel stepping into this country.
We had two amazing days so far and visited many places with help of our English speaking driver Sok, a genuinly lovely and helpful man. We visited the palace and national museum, but also the killings fields.
I will write more about this later, have to go now, we are leaving for Wat Opot in an hour and I have to pack my bag!
hope to write later and show some photographs.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

on our way to cambodia

Just one day to go and then Fiona and me are on our way to Cambodia.

We leave on monday 13th July with Singapore Airlines and stay one night in Singapore,nice hotel and a little sightseeing and then on our way to Phnom Penh,Cambodia.

We will stay two days in Phnom Penh and with help from Sok,our guide,try to find some suppliers for beads and some outlets were hopefully we can sell some of the jewellery made by the children of Wat Opot.

Then we travel to Wat Opot on the 16th of July and meet up with Jena and her daughter,now staying in Wat Opot. Jena took already 15kg of gifts and supplies with her to Wat Opot.

I have packed my backpack and bags,more medication then clothes,but what I don't need I will leave behind for the children.

Our adventure can begin and we feel supported by all the prayers and good thoughts travelling with us on this journey.