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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Next stop on our journey was Cambodia, stopping first the capital.  We took a bus from Ho Chi Minh City which was painless.  They even played a few movies, and I still remember everyone was glued to Karate Kid 3, which was amazing by the way.

When I first moved out of the United States, I saw a beautiful picture the temples of Ta Phrom, maybe something like this, and I knew I just had to go.  Being there was like a dream.

Cambodia is a country filled with a past and a present of much pain and suffering, yet the peoples' kindness, hope, and joy shines through.  We loved being there and enjoyed every minute.

We didn't spend too much time in Phnom Phen (pronounced Puh-nom Pen unbeknownst to me) but I remember hopping in our first tuk tuk at night and seeing that massive bright monument below and falling in love.

We ate a special dinner and found our way to a night market.

The next day we learned more about the Khmer Rouge, visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which was just as depressing as it sounds, if not more.

After taking a walk around the city it was time to get going to our next destination, via another eight hour bus ride.