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It’s been a while since we last blogged about our trip. After Amy got out of the hospital she was on bed rest for nine days in Bangkok – there aren’t many stories to share from those nine days; we frankly didn’t feel like doing anything. So…after a quick seven day trip into Cambodia we are back in Thailand where we will volunteer at the Tree of Life Orphanage. From there we will head through Laos and Vietnam where the countdown of re-entry sadly begins.

What can we say about Cambodia? Other than being HOT, sticky and sweaty Cambodia caught us off guard. Siem Reap turned out to be quite the travelers hang out and the temples were more than just piles of rubble in the jungle. Angkor Wat was colossal where Ta Prohm was a quaint, fairy tale like temple with massive roots and trees growing amongst the age old structures – and of course the set of Tomb Raider. With all its beautiful landscape and French inspired towns it’s the people of Cambodia that will forever hold a place in our hearts.

You cannot fully understand the dark past of Cambodia without visiting the Killing Fields where tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children lost their lives at the hands of the Khmer Rouge just 30 years earlier. The capital city of Phnom Penh was completely destroyed as politicians, celebrities, intellectuals and civilians were sent to work the fields at an attempt to deprive Cambodia of its mind and submit to the Khmer Rouge. This mass genocide is still fresh on everyone’s mind, a past that is still being heard by the courts for crimes committed against humanity.

The kids in the street will break your heart but will also give you a laugh. Trying to sell knock off Lonely Planet books they’ll tell you the capitol of USA is Washington DC, Barak Obama is the President, he has a wife, two kids and a dog (naming them all). They’ll tell you that you’ve got something on your shirt then pop you in the nose. If you know me well, a jokester at heart myself, they get me to buy every time. We’re still trying to figure out how we can fill our backpacks with kids and not tattered, good for nothing clothes.

Thank you Cambodia for the joy and love you showed us, it will never be forgotten.

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