It’s not goodbye Siem Reap, it’s see you soon.
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
What do I say. I’m honestly for once speechless at what this past week has brought. The bubble of happiness still surrounds us both and we’ve had the best last few days here in the ‘Reap’. This week at school I’ve taught the children a couple of songs and dances and received many hugs and snuggles from them all. It still blows me away how they really do have nothing yet their smiles seem like they have everything in the whole wide world. This place really teaches you what is important. Yet again it has taught me that as long as I have my family, friends and now my fiancée ( still very surreal) I really don’t need anything else... not even my hair straighteners!
Our last day at school was tough emotionally. Their send off was heart breaking, of course I cried, but I also smiled because I know I’m going to be back soon. They stood around us in a circle and sang the song I taught them, the ABC’s and Rice song and then ‘Coldplay- yellow’ which set me off before they even started to sing. Each class then came up to us to hug us both and to give us cards that they had made for us. The goodbyes were made easier having Tom’s hand to hold during the circle of songs. Saying goodbye to the teachers was also hard, they are such a strong group of people and it has been lovely getting to know each of them. Tammy has created something completely special here. There really is something in the air.
Our last meal was at the famous ‘Haven’, which teaches disadvantaged young adults work skills, with Tammy, and then drinks with another permanent volunteer. The perfect end to just a perfect time in Cambodia.
It’s not goodbye Cambodia, it’s see you soon, or as Tammy always says ‘see you tomorrow’.