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Mondulkiri, Cambodia, part II: Self-Evacuation—in a Void, Asteroid...

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Now here I am in the remotest outback of Cambodia, but not THAT remote, and so entranced by the landscape, and my linguistic tribulations, that I’d forgotten that simple requirement of quality medical care. 884 fler ord

Mondulkiri, Cambodia, part I: And the wind cries, “... (three ominous tones rising)...”

Saen Monorom in Mondulkiri sometimes gets called the “Switzerland of Cambodia”, but in reality it’s more Andean than Alpine, high and dry, at least in this season, more central highland than Himalaya, more Boli­via t­han Burma, more high-plains-drifter than lost-kingdom-of-Shambhala… 701 fler ord

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Time Travel...

I was first in this town in 1997 and it was pretty bad, little more than a decade after the killing fields, and then Vietnam installed strongman Hun Sen, and you could still see it on people’s faces—fear, abject fear, as if they weren’t really sure if the nightmare was yet really over. 787 fler ord

Sihanoukville and Kampot, Kampuchea: Foreign Arrogance, French Elegance, Khmer Endurance...

First the bad news: Cambodia is the trashiest place on Earth, bar none, so you won’t have to wait for my end-of-year Worst List. And this is not cool for what once was SE Asia’s premier culture, mother to all others and father to a few, too. 899 fler ord

Welcome to Kampuchea: Koh Kong, Life on the Border...

…any border, is weird, by definition, sample TJ (Tijuana), TG (Tangier), TK (Tachilek) and TU (Tecun Uman) for starters, and a few thousand others, where cultures clash and vehicles collide and the simple act of of ‘crossing over’ takes on new meaning, not to mention the modern airline-hub Big Meta-Border cities, e.g. 981 fler ord