Day 1

What a long flight! Sorry for the delay.

Day 1-What an exhausting day for all of us! Straight from the airport to the hotel and up early for breakfast. Everyone met up on the rooftop and had a brief meeting before we left our hotel for the day.

First stop- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Words can not express how we all felt after our tour. Lots of emotions going through our Cambodian friends and us as well. Pictures will be uploaded at a later date.

 

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Building at Tuol Sleng Genocide that housed the victims.

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Group picture with survivor 1 of 2, Chum Mey, of Khmer Rouge Genocide.

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Group picture with 2 of 2 victim, Bou Meng, survivor of Khmer Rouge and housed in Tuol Sleng.

Second stop-CHA (Cambodia Handicraft Association). Such a fun time with these friends! Saw the beautiful embroidery handmade from them and shared such an AMAZING meal prepared by our dear friends! Kim (director of CHA), shared such an amazing story of how he started the organization. Lunch consists of rice, ginger chicken, curry, vegetable/chicken stir fry and for dessert, FRESH FRUITS!! To work off the delicious meal, our Cambodian friends showed us a few dance moves with fun, upbeat music. You can not sit through this music; it makes you want to get up and dance with them. Pictures will be uploaded at a later date.

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Traditional meals prep by our Cambodian friends.

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Group picture with CHA.

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Dance party with our CHA and Cambodian friends.

Third stop-EAC (Education  in Action Cambodia). Our students worked on their projects with the students at EAC before we start off in the villages. Such amazing and fun students to work with. Definitely lifted us American students up after such a long day of fatigue and exhaustion.

Dinner was at a nearby place, in walking distance, called Pink Elephant. Everyone definitely misses home! Variety toppings of PIZZAS was the main dish. Finished the day around 10 pm, showered, and slept.

 

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