Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The warm glow of the rising early morning sun at Chi Phat
Historian and linguist Jean-Michel Filippi is in town to deliver a couple of lectures exploring the history of Phnom Penh. Both sound very interesting. At restaurant Le Jardin on Street 360 on Friday 27th, he will present a lecture in English all about Phnom Penh during the French Protectorate (1865-1940), aided by maps, photos as well as a verbal narrative of the history and architecture of the time. It starts at 7pm and is free. Then on Thursday 2nd September, a different lecture, also in English, titled Phnom Penh in Sihanouk's years, will cover the exceptional architecture of the Sangkum Reastr Niyum (1955-1970) in addition to analyzing the politics, economics and education of the period. This lecture will take place at Brasserie Durga on Street 130 from 6pm (cover cost of $5).
I won't be able to make the lecture on Friday as I'm due to return to Koh Kong and Chi Phat with a group of work colleagues for our own' fam' trip on Friday for 2 nights. Most of my work-mates have never been to Koh Kong province so this will be an opportunity for them to see it at first-hand as well as the ecotourism community-based project at Chi Phat, even though I've been there myself only a few months ago. With the football season just ended, I'm just about to find myself twiddling my thumbs at the weekends, so this will keep me out of trouble for this weekend at least.