Tale of woe
At lunch I caught up with historical fiction author Robyn Adams, who is in town to do some research for a novel she is writing on Cambodian women. Robyn is from Australia and her last book was called The Sisterhood of the Rose. This is her third time in Cambodia and she is here for two weeks to seek out suitable contacts to flesh out her story. I wish her well. Another author, David Kattenburg has confirmed that his book, Foxy Lady - Truth, Memory and the Death of Western Yatchtsmen in Democratic Kampuchea, will be published next month and will highlight for the first time the story of Canadian victim of the Khmer Rouge, Stuart Glass, as well as the other westerners who died at the hands of Comrade Duch and his S-21 killers in the late 70s. Its a book I'm really looking forward to reading.
Yesterday I spent the whole day at a conference on responsible tourism alongwith another 70 Cambodian travel agents to discuss the impact on our business of what is becoming a key buzzword in the tourism industry, alongside sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, ethical tourism and a whole host of other isms. Interesting and thought provoking for most of the people in the room, organised by the Dutch NGO, SNV and CATA, the association of local travel agents. It certainly gave me a few pointers for our own company, Hanuman, for the future. Tomorrow its Open Door Weekend and in the morning I'll be paying my first-ever visit to the Chamkarmon Palace compound, where the Cambodian Senate (or upper house) are usually secreted behind closed doors. Tomorrow, they will swing open at 9.30am for a one-off visit. In the afternoon, I'll be joining a free guided tour of the National Museum and I'm sure to pop into a few of the other buildings that are opening their doors especially for the weekend. Tomorrow night the Cambodian Space Project are playing at Paddy Rice bar and on Sunday, it's the Kompong Speu village party with the Spacers putting on a coach party for their fans.