When leaving Australia I was unexpectedly informed that I was needed to accompany two of our guests who wanted to visit Phnom Penh (nom-pen) in lieu of going to Angkor Wat, which they had visited five years previously. Not being prepared for this slight detour, I was unaware of what to expect. But I found it fascinating and it turned out great.
King Norodam Sihanouk, who passed away in October of last year at age 89. He is still a revered figure in this country.
my visit to Rwanda last year, this country has developed educational and emotional markers for its citizens of this dark period. If this type of recall is difficult for you, then watch for my next posting on the ruins of Angkor Wat. There is nothing graphic below, just memories of atrocities that are difficult to comprehend.
The most ironic message that comes to me is how gentle and kind the Cambodian people are to us on this visit. I cannot imagine how one Cambodian could inflict such pain on his own people. At least Cambodia today is thriving - over 3.3 million tourists will visit this country this year. Angkor Wat was virtually unvisited during the 1970's and 1980's. The change is for the better. This was so interesting on many different levels. Thanks for reading!