Siem Reap, an unforgettable experience.

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Eight years ago we visited Siem Reap, and it still is the most unforgettable experience of our travels. The extent of poverty shocked us. It made us very sad. Most children lived on the street or in slums without access to clean water and nutritious food. The murky lake and the dusty roads were their bathrooms and their playground. Most of the children were extremely thin.. A few kids had lost one or two of their limbs, probably they are the victims of land mines. The children beg, pick garbage or sell things for their survival. Selling bananas, coconuts or other small items such as handmade souvenirs in exchange for a dollar, a US Dollar. We presumed those children may be exploited, is controlled and used as a network for selling things by more powerful adults. We found many volunteers, especially youth from western countries involve in changing the lives of Cambodians, especially the children and women’s life. I personally feel it’s very important for our children to witness poverty and to understand the sad condition of some children living in the world. Our trip to Siem Reap was an excellent experience for our teenage daughter, and for us as a family. It made us think and act differently.

 

 

Angkor Archeological Park.

In 2009, we went to Cambodia for our annual vacation. During our stay, we visited Angkor Archeological Park. It was a huge park in the forest with a lake and ancient buildings. We went to the site in a minivan with few other tourists. From there on, we explored the area on foot. On the second day, part of the tour was explored while we were sitting on the back of an elephant. On top of a hill, there were ruins of an ancient building.  We climb to the top of it like many others visiting the site. Climbing was easy when compared to the struggle of getting down. There were several uneven, narrow rocks and we felt it was not safe, but we went up with hundreds of others and watched the sunset. After sunset, I felt there was a haunted feeling in the area. It could be the natural light at that hour, the shapes of the rock structure and its shadows and silhouette of trees in the area.

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