The Suzanne Visit, Two: Wat Damnak

The first day in Siem Reap involved a quick stop to Wat Damnack and a return to the Center for Khmer Studies. Prakchim, my poet friend who is also a tuk tuk driver, picked us up. He’d been doing pretty good since I saw him a couple weeks ago, but unfortunately due to an altercation with his sister in law, he’s living alone (and his wife and five children are living separately). He still supports them but can’t live with them. He was shy about telling me more. Regarding the trip to the library, unfortunately, Daraneth, the head librarian, had missed us. Fortunately, we got to meet with Liny, the other library staff member who does a lot of the programming for children.

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Worn writing:

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A single hanging umbrella:

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Visiting the monk’s school:

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Khmer alphabet:

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The kid obviously enjoyed us visiting them (by popping our heads in). I’m not sure if I intentionally kept the monk out of the photo or not, but you can imagine the monk at the front of the class acting as strong teacher.

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The lone Youtuber:

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Prakchim gazing, but what is he looking for?

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Trail of Dead tshirt spotted in Cambodia. Nope, the kid didn’t know the band.

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After CKS, we decided to go to Angkor. We were lucky enough to visit Siem Reap during the Angkor Photo Festival. We happened to drive by one of the exhibits, so we decided to stop and take a look (it was fantastic):

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