Kampong Som, Revisited pt 1

Though I had just been in Kampong Som with Suzanne a couple weeks prior, an opportunity presented itself through my internship at ODC to spend another three days there. The BarCamp conference series had its 2013 Sihanoukville instance at Build Bright University. BarCamp is a delightfully inspiring event series that encourages people of all ages (but primarily youth) to engage in discourse on many topics (but primarily technology). Overall, it was a delightful and only slightly-exhausting trip, as most of the activities were team-building. I got to help my ODC friends Penhleak, Kalyan, and Eric in being present and representing the project. In the case of Kalyan, he finished a presentation on Google Maps early and I was able to do an impromptu conversation on Map Maker. I also got to present on libraries, which was extremely fun. There were also some other shenanigans you’ll see over the next couple of posts. Let’s start with the bus trip from Phnom Penh to Kampong Som.

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Some nice horse trimming:

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This rain cover was weighted down with a giant rock.

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Carrying really, really long bamboo:

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After we arrived in Sihanoukville and finished checking into the guest house, we were greeted by Kalyan’s sister and nephew. There was some good lunch and light beers to aid our afternoon:

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Legal intern Eric found some pretty sweet glasses and gave them a try:

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During our first night in Kampong Som, we were greeted with a beautiful sunset:

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It was our friend’s birthday back in Phnom Penh. We got a cake in Yenda’s honor. They misspelled his name as “Yonda,” unfortunately. But it was still delicious.

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The second day of our visit was when the actual conference happened. We spent significant time walking around instead of taking a tuk tuk or other transport, which allowed us to see some of the great and harrowing street scenes of inner-Sihanoukville. Here’s one below, and more to come later.

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Kampuchea Au Lait: Coffee and Condensed Milk.

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Scenes from the conference:

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Penhleak:

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Kalyan:

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We actually made the Build Bright University library our first home-base during the conference. I was not opposed, though I was a bit disturbed by a set of fairly crude nude statues in a display case in the back.

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After the morning session, we took a walk back into town for burgers. First, a knock-off of the famous chain Lucky Supermarket called Lucky Ocean Super Market.

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This Nissan wanted to be a Hummer so bad:

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The famous symbolic lions, currently under construction:

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We went to Ernie’s and I got a burger with an egg on it:

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And then back to the conference for the afternoon festivities:

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