We are now in Phnom Penh, which is the capital ofCambodia. There is only one word to describe this city, and that is CHAOS (is that how you spell it? You know what i mean!).
We arrived here with Will and Janine on Thursday afternoon, the bus journey was more comfortable than the last one - it has a sealed road the whole way! When we stepped off the bus we were mobbed by about 30 Cambodians trying to get us to stay at their guesthouse - so much so they were actually fighting with eachother to get to us! It would have been ok if they let you past to get your bag, but they are pretty persistant! In the end we saw a sign for one that we were planning to stay at anyway and got a free tuk tuk there after some negotiation!
The guesthouse is right on the lake (which is extremely polluted, but looks very nice) and has really good sunsets.
We have visted the Killing Fields where thousands of Cambodians perished under Pol Pots Regieme in the 70's. It's pretty grim, there is a building full of human skulls there and there are clothes still visible around the mass graves.
Just to make the day more miserable, we visited S21 which used to be a school but they turned it into a torture and detention centre. thousands perished here also. It was interesting to find out exactly what happened there.
Today we visted the orphanage. We bought a 50kg bag of rice to donate to them, and spent the day there. The orphanage has 49 kids there, and they are all aged 18 months to 18 years. They put on a traditional Khmer Dance show for us, and then afterwards Jack played football with them while Janine and I talked with the girls there. It was a good afternoon, they were all excited for the new visitors, and we were sad to leave.
There are lots of people staying in the guesthouse that we'll be keeping in touch with and maybe meet again along the way.
We've both really enjoyed Phnom Penh as everyone is really friendly here. The money situation is a tad confusing as they use both Riel and U.S. dollars - even the cash machines give out dollars, and sometimes you have to pay with both at the same time!
We're heading to Saigon, Vietnam tomorrow so we'll have yet another currency to manage!!!
We'll put up pics soon, but these computers are so slow i'd be here an hour trying to do it - hopefully from Vietnam it will be better.
Hope everyone is well
Jack and Linsey xxxxxx