Friday, August 27, 2010

Signing off

A scenic look near Chi Phat on my last fam trip in May
Lunchtime is the kick-off point for our minibus to Koh Kong this afternoon. 15 of us shoe-horned into a minibus bouncing along the road to Koh Kong to spend the night next to the seaside. Then we have a boat trip around the mangroves, waterfalls and to visit the upmarket 4 Rivers floating resort. I've been there a few times but for our Cambodian staff this will be a first and they are very excited about the prospect. Then its another boat trip to the community project at Chi Phat, dinner with the community team (and to find out 1st hand about the proposed mining that is putting the whole project in jeopardy) and then some early morning cycling (weather permitting) before we head back to Phnom Penh on Sunday evening. Short and sharp certainly, but it's part thank you and part working 'fam' trip to allow our Hanuman team to see an area of Cambodia they might not normally visit. We won't have time to see the monkey-boxing at Koh Kong, which has upset all of us! Without access to the internet, you'll have to amuse yourselves for a couple of days until I return. Just as I was signing off, I had a phonecall from my great friend in Siem Reap, Now. Since the closure of the 4Faces gallery in the town, she's been helping out a friend selling souvenirs at Angkor Wat and with her family in the rice fields. Then this morning she had a phone call to say she had a successful interview to work in the new KeoK’jay shop in Siem Reap selling their handicrafts. She was overjoyed.
I won't be doing any of this at Tatai waterfall
Cycling is on the agenda, and I hope I have some brakes this time

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