Our 4th country stop: Cambodia. Even with only spending a week here, I fell in love with this country. The first day, however, was very challenging. We were in Phnom Penh and we took a tour of the of the killing fields and museum about the genocide. Walking through and hearing about all the forms of torture and people’s personal stories, I was heartbroken. The genocide only happened in the last 50 years yet it is rarely talked about in schools back home. Even in Cambodia, it is banned from being taught in schools or discussed openly, because some leaders from the genocide still hold positions in the government today. That is absolutely crazy to me. How is it ok to let such an awful event be swept under the rug? The entire tour, all I could think about is how there is currently a genocide happening just a few countries away in Myanmar. And how nothing is being done to stop such an atrocity from happening yet again.
After a hard couple of days in Phnom Penh; we left for Siem Reap. It was much more pleasant. We toured Angkor Wat as well as all the other temples in the area. One morning we watched the sun rise over the great Angkor Wat which was one of the coolest experiences. Angkor Wat, huge and magnificent with all its glory. However, it was not my favorite temple we visited. My favorite was Ta Prohm (the temple that was used in Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie). It was in the woods with so many little hideouts and huge trees touring over the structure. Apart from exploring temples and museums in Cambodia, we had a lot of free time to explore on our own. We took a pottery class taught entirely by deaf people ( I got to use some ASL skills!), ate tarantula and silk worms (yes, I broke my vegetarianism for this. And the tarantula was pretty good but the silkworm was disgusting), had a bike ride at sunset through the city of Phnom Penh which was beautiful, and so much more.
Now we are heading to our last core country, Ghana. Sad that this is the final stretch, but I do miss you all.
(Literally wrote this in 5 minutes so sorry for any spelling mistakes once again)