31 août 2007

People of Skuon

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30 août 2007

Of Spiders and Dolphins

. We have breakfast at the bus station whilst waiting for our bus to lead us to Kompong Cham. But it looks like this breakfast was too frugal… Two hours later, as the bus stops we experience something slightly wilder than the usual tea/croissant/fresh juice. Here we go for our first Cambodian speciality experience: the deep fried spider. We have indeed arrived in the sleepy town of Skuon - otherwise known affectionately as Spiderville. Locals here eat eight-legged furry friends for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A small mountain... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2007

Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot's Secret Prison

Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot's Secret Prison, by David CHandler During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, S-21 was used as the prison, interrogation centre, and finally, the place of execution for several thousand Cambodians who were suspected of counter revolutionary activity. Between the years of 1975 and 1979, it is estimated that 14,000 prisoners entered S-21, but only four survived. The horrors of S-21 were uncovered during the liberation by the Vietnamese who found the prison's... [Lire la suite]
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28 août 2007

Tuol Sleng

. In 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security prison 21 (S-21). This secret prison soon became the largest centre of detention and torture in the country. Between 1975 and 1978, more than 14,000 people held at S 21 were killed. Only 7 detainees survived. S-21 has been turned into the Tuol Sleng Museum, which serves as a testament to the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Like the Nazis, the Khmer Rouge was meticulous in keeping records or its... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2007

Our first day in Phnom Penh

. It’s been a weird night. Jérémie wakes up, looks at his watch. Hey, it’s midday already! We’ve been sleeping for more than 15 hours!!! I am ready for a shower when Jérémie looks by the window. Mmmh, it’s dark outside… That means we’re still in the middle of the night and we have barely slept 3 hours… Of course, impossible to sleep after that. We eventually make it and here we are, ready for the day. We head to the National Museum housed in an old imposing building. It is home to the world’s finest collection... [Lire la suite]
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25 août 2007

A very long journey

. Everything is in order and we hit the road. It’s a 5 hour drive to reach Paris and catch our plane in late afternoon. Traffic in Paris being unpredictable, we need to leave relatively early. Still, it gets a bit longer than expected to reach the airport. Time to park, leave the car to the agency and moving to the right terminal. As we reach the terminal 2A, we look at the board to see where we shall check in. It’s 1 hour and 20 mns before our plane takes off. It indicates: check in counter closed!!!! We suddenly panic. How is... [Lire la suite]
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24 août 2007

Last day in Brittany

. It’s a nice day with nothing much achieved except enjoying the sun and the day passing by. Jeremie does a bit of gardening again whereas Boris and Rita read some newspapers and rest. After another excellent lunch, time for Boris to head back to Paris. We bring him to St Brieuc so that he catches his train and we head back home. We leave tomorrow to Cambodia and still have many things to do: packing the house, packing our bags, etc. Not many fascinating things to say about it I am afraid…
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23 août 2007

Côte de Granit Rose

. Briac has left early, as we were still asleep. He has to get back to work. With only a couple hours of sleep, I guess his day shall not be the very productive… We wake up pretty late and enjoy the morning. Time for some tourism. Since this is Boris’s first time in Brittany, we want to show him around and do some tourism. Hard choices, there are so many things to do in the region. We decide for the Cote de Granit Rose (the Pink granite coast) so called because of the colour of the stones in this part of Brittany.... [Lire la suite]
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22 août 2007

Eating, Drinking, Gardening, Drinking, Playing, Smoking

. We all wake up late and don’t do much in the morning. Jannig has to leave, since Lison has to take sailing courses later in the day. Briac stays with us. Jeremie goes to St Brieuc to welcome Boris who came to pay us a visit. That’s his first time in Brittany (he comes from Avignon, Southern France). With so many French around, I guess there aren’t much choice but doing the national sport: aperitif and good food. The weather is still excellent, so barbecue is on offer. Everyone gets busy preparing lunch. We enjoy it all under... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2007

Friends arrive

. Still many things to do in the house and in the garden before our friends arrive. The weather is fantastic. Okay, looks normal since we’re in July but hey, it’s Brittany and one never knows. Beautiful blue sky, very sunny, some winds to clear some daring clouds, absolutely perfect for us. Briac and Jannig arrive, with their children Lison (8) and Marjan (a 6 months old baby). It’s been a very long time we haven’t seen each other. It’s good to meet old friends again. Briac is in charge of the barbecue, his speciality. Jeremie... [Lire la suite]
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