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Challenged in Cambodia

The children were at school from 7 to 11 am and it changes from week to week as to whether they go in the mornings or the afternoons. We caught motos into town to buy our bus tickets to Phnom Penh. They were 9000 Riel each, US$2.50. Ben and one of the boys were going with us to be our translators. We wandered around the markets and everybody stared and laughed at Ben as he is so tall - nearly 7'.

I wanted to buy a treat for all the children and was told that they would love apples so I bought 30 apples for US$9. Showed the girls how to play hopscotch, had some lunch and said goodbye to everyone. We and our luggage piled on to some motorbikes to go to the bus station.

Nath did maths homework for the three hour trip and I loved watching life from the bus - school kids walking and riding their bikes home from school at 5pm, people cooking on the streets and oxen being led home for some hay. We arrived in PP at 5.45 pm right next to the busy central markets. We were surrounded by tuk tuk drivers and picked one to take us to Tony and Jenny's home about 20 mins away through busy traffic. Had a great night hearing how they are working in Thailand to help girls be prevented from being sexually exploited. Amazing people doing great things!

Was only in Cambodia for such a short time but it has challenged me about what should you do to make a difference once you have seen. Feel like my eyes have been opened to poverty & hardship - so different seeing it for yourself instead of on the news or in a magazine. Real people that hurt like you & I. Challenged.......

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Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Cambodia

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