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Here’s a shot of the Aziza’s Place kids (the older ones) in front of the water pump —- I call it the Swing Pump. Cause…. you swing on it.

Here’s a shot of the Aziza’s Place kids (the older ones) in front of the water pump —- I call it the Swing Pump. Cause…. you swing on it.

This of Angkor Wat eclipse by John McDermott…. Saw his work at the Phnom Penh Museum yesterday. Me = off to Angkor Wat tomorrow for a few days.

This of Angkor Wat eclipse by John McDermott…. Saw his work at the Phnom Penh Museum yesterday. Me = off to Angkor Wat tomorrow for a few days.

Speed or lack of…

The Internet speeds are killing me here. It feels like 1999.

TEDx Phnom Penh

A fine event for 100+ and a separate simulcast for others in different location. Speakers ranged from local street artists, to the Secretary of State who helped put the Khmer alphabet up on the Internet and on machines and a very smart dude that discussed how to reposition human rights —- as he said, it doesn’t have to be just for hero’s.

Started the day walking around a traditional neighborhood market but then wandered over to the classic French Colonial Central market. A really amazing giant yellow structure built in  1937. Here is Wikipedia's take.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of stalls sold the same jewelry, scarfs, Khmer tourist items, tee shirts with only a small food area. A block south is the ONLY mall in Cambodia. Not quite like New Jersey hear. In a way, refreshing.

Well, I expected to go to Angkor Wat for a few days. But, in addition to hearing that the usual 6-hour buss trip is now up to 10 due to flooding, looks like the town is under water.  I might have to pass.

So, maybe on to Ho Chi Minh City for a couple of nights?

I am meeting Rob for a drink at Pnom Penh’s California Bar. Searching for their directions, I found this photo on the website - this family lives in a minefield in northwestern Cambodia. Where does one stand to take the photo?
And you thought your life was…. well, fill in your blank.

I am meeting Rob for a drink at Pnom Penh’s California Bar. Searching for their directions, I found this photo on the website - this family lives in a minefield in northwestern Cambodia. Where does one stand to take the photo?

And you thought your life was…. well, fill in your blank.

What do you do while your stressed about your missing bags? Off to the interior of the Russian Market for some chicken soup. Peppery goodness from “mom.”

Day One

Day one was a couple of days ago. It was a bit consumed with wondering where my bag was as Korean Air had misplaced it somewhere between Seattle and Phnom Penh. Well, 36 or so hours later is showed up.

Events like this seem to combine fear of loss; need for fresh undies; a questioning of the need for possessions; the absolute need for my power cords and the real need to get on with the trip.

Well, now we can proceed.

Clark Lewis

Clark Lewis

Here’s a shot of the Aziza’s Place kids (the older ones) in front of the water pump —- I call it the Swing Pump. Cause…. you swing on it.

Here’s a shot of the Aziza’s Place kids (the older ones) in front of the water pump —- I call it the Swing Pump. Cause…. you swing on it.

This of Angkor Wat eclipse by John McDermott…. Saw his work at the Phnom Penh Museum yesterday. Me = off to Angkor Wat tomorrow for a few days.

This of Angkor Wat eclipse by John McDermott…. Saw his work at the Phnom Penh Museum yesterday. Me = off to Angkor Wat tomorrow for a few days.

Speed or lack of…

The Internet speeds are killing me here. It feels like 1999.

TEDx Phnom Penh

A fine event for 100+ and a separate simulcast for others in different location. Speakers ranged from local street artists, to the Secretary of State who helped put the Khmer alphabet up on the Internet and on machines and a very smart dude that discussed how to reposition human rights —- as he said, it doesn’t have to be just for hero’s.

Started the day walking around a traditional neighborhood market but then wandered over to the classic French Colonial Central market. A really amazing giant yellow structure built in  1937. Here is Wikipedia's take.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of stalls sold the same jewelry, scarfs, Khmer tourist items, tee shirts with only a small food area. A block south is the ONLY mall in Cambodia. Not quite like New Jersey hear. In a way, refreshing.

Well, I expected to go to Angkor Wat for a few days. But, in addition to hearing that the usual 6-hour buss trip is now up to 10 due to flooding, looks like the town is under water.  I might have to pass.

So, maybe on to Ho Chi Minh City for a couple of nights?

I am meeting Rob for a drink at Pnom Penh’s California Bar. Searching for their directions, I found this photo on the website - this family lives in a minefield in northwestern Cambodia. Where does one stand to take the photo?
And you thought your life was…. well, fill in your blank.

I am meeting Rob for a drink at Pnom Penh’s California Bar. Searching for their directions, I found this photo on the website - this family lives in a minefield in northwestern Cambodia. Where does one stand to take the photo?

And you thought your life was…. well, fill in your blank.

What do you do while your stressed about your missing bags? Off to the interior of the Russian Market for some chicken soup. Peppery goodness from “mom.”

Day One

Day one was a couple of days ago. It was a bit consumed with wondering where my bag was as Korean Air had misplaced it somewhere between Seattle and Phnom Penh. Well, 36 or so hours later is showed up.

Events like this seem to combine fear of loss; need for fresh undies; a questioning of the need for possessions; the absolute need for my power cords and the real need to get on with the trip.

Well, now we can proceed.

Speed or lack of…
TEDx Phnom Penh
Day One

About:

Peter Levitan escapes Portland for South East Asia once again. A month in Phnom Penh and beyond working with the kids at Aziza’s Place, walking, eating, spacing and shooting.