16/08/2023

Week 1

Our first week was spent initially trying to get over jet lag and learning about Cambodian culture and visiting historic sights. We landed in Phnom Penh, which is the capital city of Cambodia in the south end of the country on the Mekong River. Phnom Penh is a large city with over 2 million people. We spent the first few days exploring in and around Phnom Penh. We visited the Royal Palace with its traditional Khmer architecture. We also visited the killing fields, where the Khmer Rouge killed millions of people under Pol Pot’s regime. The Khmer Rouge targeted intellectuals, and people with connections to government, foreign or the domestic former government as well as anyone not ethnically Cambodian, christians, and monks. On a lighter note we explored local markets and enjoyed trying new foods. Lok Lak was one of my favorite dishes, made of beef sauteed with cucumber, onions, and tomatoes. Lok Lak includes rice, an egg, and pepper sauce.

Week 1
Week 1
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