Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Its a holiday in Cambodia

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.


  1. Wow pics would be cool! I'm more surprised you found internet in Cambodia. Hey almost 1 week down!

  2. IHT article about the trials: http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/17/asia/cambo.php

    And a really great book by a survivor:
    When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him

  3. I can't imagine living off of so little. Tourists must seem so rich to those people. What a shame (but not a shock) that corporations are making money off of the temple and not contributing to the needy community that support it.

  4. I can't wait to see some of your travel pics. Sounds like you are soaking up many life-changing experiences. I didn't know about the temple ownership issues in Cambodia. An art history teacher talked about how many national treasures are lost to countries during times to war. The actual "Ishtar Gate" from Babylon was literally moved to Berlin and is still in the middle of ownership lawsuites today. Sounds like the Cambodian people could really use those rightful tourist dollars. Have fun! Love you tons...Mom

  5. Wow, so much in such a quick time... keep the info comming. Enjoy
    love Dad

  6. Love reading your stories...for some reason I am not able to sign on all the time...I hope this gets throught. take care, Love, Beby

  7. What an incredible experience going through all those places. Good to hear you have not had bad weather, we had nothing but rain. How is your weather? Finally, I was able to sign on so I am trying again. Love, Beby

  8. Hey Jiil cool blog looks like your having a blast! keep writing the bloggy dog!
    yo keep it real