Friday, June 25, 2010

On tour

They look like something out of the War of the Worlds; the Teachers Training college Lecture Halls
A busy few days coming up for yours truly. Tomorrow morning (Saturday) I'm taking my first-ever KA Tour in Phnom Penh. Yes I know I'm way behind the times and should've done it ages ago. This one is visiting the three main university buildings along Russian Boulevard and the coach will leave, very conveniently, from near my home at 8.30am, so that'll give me a bit of a lie-in. I've seen them on my own in the past but I'm keen to get the experts view of the Sixties campuses at the Institute of Technology (soviet designers), the modern baroque Institute of Foreign Languages (a group of three buildings by Vann Molyvann) and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (by Leroy and Mondet). Both Saturday and Sunday afternoons will be spent as usual at the Olympic Stadium watching Cambodian league football and then of course, Sunday night is THE clash between England and the team we all love to hate, Germany. A win will send me off on Monday morning with a big smile on my face as I spend the next three days in Battambang and Banteay Chhmar. It's another familiarization trip with the USAID/Cambodia MSME initiative, looking at the community-based projects in that area, specifically the circus folks in Battambang at Phare Ponleu Selpak and the homestay project at the temple of Banteay Chhmar. Both of which I haven't seen before.



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