Here are some images from my first couple of weeks being in Phnom Penh. Actually, have I even been here for two weeks? I guess I have. Some of the stuff below is from my time walking around, not really knowing what I would discover and not really knowing where I was going. Since moving here, however, I have purchased a bicycle, and a really bad camera, which I feel more prone to use. What does that mean? It means I’m not carrying my nice camera around, and not taking the time to take as many images of the daily life in Cambodia. I think part of this lack of picture taking is due to my being a lot less shocked or astounded by the scenery and culture. Maybe that will change, though, after I have gotten some of my other ducks in a row. First: the supermarket, Lucky.
Boost. Steve Roggenbuck shoutout-:
Exercise near Wat Bottom Park:
This only cost $1.75 at the new Green Milk Tea near my apartment:
Still haven’t visited this local watering hole:
My future bike:
Scenes from Monivong:
I still don’t know the name of this Wat.
Labtop . . .
Well, that is close. Below: Greek god or shoe brand?
“Integrating Human to Quality.” Below: night dancing.
Barricades from the recent demonstrations:
How you get your bike fixed in Phnom Penh:
A nice pun:
From Bollywood dancing to electronica to art films to punk rock Khmer music to abstract dance performance to poetry readings, the art “scenes” here are quite exciting. In many ways, being here reminds me a lot of Seattle, as the community is tightly-knit, woven intricately and intimately . . . but it reminds me of Seattle only if Seattle’s performers hung out in a couple neighborhoods instead of 15. And were doing many, many more intercultural projects. Below are some of the photos I’ve taken with camera and phone camera over the past couple of weeks being here.
Poetry at Java’s open mic night:
Kosal Khiev of the Cambodian Son movie:
Below: some shots of the Amrita 10-year-anniversary party. Probably the best Arts event I experienced so far in Cambodia.
DJ Peanut spinning everything from Naughty by Nature to Madonna to Macklemore at the Amrita after-party:
Jesmine dances and Sopheak spins Khmer 60s and 70s tracks and two boys watch on. Priceless.
This will be the last post of our travels in Asia.
After visiting Saigon, Jason went back to the United States and I, well, I went to where I am now: Phnom Penh. There are a lot of pictures here in this post, and a lot are missing. I decided to cut two corners: one, instead of separating the experiences like the previous posts, I decided to play it lazy and post the entire batch in one go. Likewise, I cut the rotation corner and decided to not take the time to rotate all the pictures that WordPress screws up. So there are some images you won’t see, but that’s okay–there are plenty you will see.
Saigon is a place like no other. Like Phnom Penh, the streets are dominated by motos and vendors of all kinds. Unlike Phnom Penh, the roads are huge, the buildings considerably consistent in being taller, and the city as a hole is just, well, bigger. The food in the city is pretty damn good, too. And the culture is much different. Despite the Vietnamese government culture, the city feels rebellious and cool. Cool in one traditional sense of the word. In addition to exploring the many sites of the city, we got the chance to hangout with some amazing locals. At the end of the journey through this metropolis, we felt calm, collected, and ready for the next steps in our lives.
At the Cheeky Monkey:
Hanging out with Boorin and her friend:
In the Vincom Center arcade:
“Confirmed to the Honey shop style.” Below: the only Starbucks in the city.
“Unlimited serving of 12 juicy succulent BBQ meat cut.” Below: 71 Saloon.
Out with Huong and family!
Jason’s favorite beer:
“Ego expression character.”
And so that wraps up the photo reflection. I suppose I owe readers some general comments on my time traveling around. Not only my readers, but myself too. I can promise I’ll be posting something descriptive soon. And then what? Then, let the writing about life in Cambodia commence! Until then, you can check out my library blog for some updates on my internship experience.
Take the longest gondola in the world over the Pacific Ocean and visit Vinpearl! For only the equivelant of $20, you get the world’s longest gondola to ride on (twice, no less!), an amusement park with rides and games, a water park with slides and a wave pool (perfect to lose your glasses in!) and a lazy river that really is the laziest activity you’ll ever do in your life! You also get very strange entertainment (Youtube video forthcoming), okay food if you can get away from the worst “fast food” stalls in the world, and a pretty awesome view of mainland Nha Trang, Vienam. You’ll also find yourself in love with the 100% free video game arcade! At the end of the day, this pseudo-Disney-esque provides you with a strangely surreal experience mixing lots of Russian tourists with lots of Vietnamese tourists. It’s easy to feel a bit uneasy in this cloistered area after a handful of hours, but the fun is worth it . . . right?
“Press one of the four green (black) buttons to start playing.”
A pretty incredible water show:
Next: Saigon! The End of the Journey!