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24 Hours in Phnom Penh: Killing Fields & S-21 Prisons 

We parked at the Phnom Penh bus station around 6 in the morning, got off the bus and were slapped in the face with a pungent smell that led us to quickly walk away. 836 fler ord

Travel

PST: A Day in the Life

ServiceDear Grampa,

It’s been 6 incomprehensible months since we were all wrested from our pre-service training homes and tossed into the countryside at our permanent sites. 1 239 fler ord

Peace Corps

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

Continued from previous…

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