Footnotes from Cambodia

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As we leave Cambodia, here are some observations we've made along the way. Mines During the civil wars of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge filled the countryside with land mines, particularly near the ancient temples in…

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Music: the sounds of travel in Cambodia

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We’ve had the chance to hear authentic Lao music on our Mekong boat trip and sampled traditional Cambodian music played by musicians who were injured by the unexploded mines still dangerous in the countryside (see…

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Other lives

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What if your life took an entirely different direction...and you discovered options for living you never imagined before? This is the great question we've been pondering as we meet Americans and Europeans who have utterly…

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Red and white: the tinctures of Cambodian sorrow

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For a little over three years till early 1979, Cambodia's leaders savaged their own people. The numbers alone are chilling, with millions of Cambodians killed out of a population of perhaps 10 million, and at…

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Ebb and flow: life along the Mekong, part 3

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The city of Angkor was made possible because of its proximity to the waters of Tonle Sap. This lake is the largest in southeast Asia, in rainy season being as long as 100 miles and…

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Khmer art: capturing spirit in stone (updated)

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Here, in Siem Reap, it’s the looming temples of the roughly 700 year Khmer period of dominance in Southeast Asia. In Italy, it’s churches. In France or Germany, it’s castles. These are the endless number of…

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Cambodian dreams

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One of our Cambodian guides shared his hopes with us, just as a Laotian guide did. (For that entry, CLICK HERE). His ambition came in four parts. First, he wanted to get married. Now in…

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