Saturday, January 23, 2010

Final day in Phnom Penh

What a big day we had! I was bright eyed and bushy tailed at 3 am this morning. I tried all the trick to get back to sleep, but they all failed me. I got up and went out to the balcany to see what was going on in the capital...nothing! The world was still. No dogs barking, no trafic, nothing! I spend some time catching up on my bible study. The last thing i want to do is get behind on such a great study. Carol came out at 4 and we had a great visit. She couldn't sleep either and was catching up on her study too.

We went to breakfast and started the day at the Russian Market. We wanted to go early in the morning for this. It is quite a maze of venders selling everything possible. It's one of the biggest treasure hunts you'll ever experience.

It was on the agenda to go to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and then to the Killing Fields. Kevin suggested we be at the Museum at 10 to see a film they show. It was hard to watch but worth the time. We toured the school in a silent somber mood. It is a hard place to visit, but is rich with history. It was so hard in fact that Carol couldn't find it in herself to go to the killing fields. We decided to end the morning on a positive, so we took her to the Friend Cafe. One of our favorite places to go.

We skipped over to Museum of history and toured the afternoon away. Followed up with some more shopping and back to the hotel at 6. Tired, but hungry, we drug ourselves to a recommended restaurant down the street and had the best meal so far. The chef came out to meet us and was thrilled to see we enjoyed the traditional Khmer meals.

I'm looking forward to a nice cool shower, a brief burst of energy before I crash for the night. Our taxi comes in the morning to take us to Ratanakiri at 5 am. We've been told it will take somewhere between 9-14 hours. I know its a spread, but we've made it this far! This will be our final leg.

We're enjoying every hot, tired, stimulating minute! So much is swimming through my head. People ask we're here, and its an easy response...because we love you.

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