Cambodia, is sobering. The ethnic cleansing that took place here only thirty years ago remains heavy on the hearts of the people here, as it should, and you can feel it. Apparently I learned last night from an expat, that finally the trials of the government in charge began yesterday. 30 years later... another sobering fact is that the temples of Angkor is owned by an italian corporation, and none of the income made from the temples go to the cambodian people. $20 dollars a month is the average income here, think about if even just a percentage of that went to the cambodians? the rightful owners of the temples.
Anyhoo, on a lighter note...Getting here was a scary adventure. wait thats not light...it was however, exciting. Getting our visas and passport stamped by the unblinking, snail speed moving officials was racking my blood vessles, as was everyone elses on our bus. At least we were all in the same boat.
Okay but seriously, once that was over, I was relieved to find that cambodia people have been some of the warmest, and most smiling people I have ever seen. Despite the social unjustices that opress them to this day.
Regardless of the political situation here, the temples were amazing! Did you know tomb raider was filmed on location at The temple of Ta Phrom? Interesting little tidbit.
I will post pictures soon. I promise. Kind of..I'll try at least.