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From Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem

The end of our time in Angkor inevitably arrived, and with it, an emotional goodbye to our two fine men, to Alberto and to Bumper/Dad: we had had such an unforgettable time together, immersed in the power of travel. To be apart again was so terribly unfair. BUT, it was time once again for girl […]

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Battambang and the circus

From here it was to Battambang. A slightly interminable and non descriptive journey if truth be told, but finally salvation arrived in the shape of the Sanctuary hotel, just outside the centre. A funny place: ostensibly perfect, a nice pool, decent size rooms, bamboo shaded seating area… but it was missing something we never quite […]

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Into Phnom Penh

The only complaint we had about wonderful, chaotic, romantic, shabby yet sophisticated Phnom Penh was not having enough time to explore it. Two days hardly gave us time to scratch the surface of its history, temples, museums, and restaurants. Gently chaotic, we meandered happily through the streets past the palace and national Museum, along the […]

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Rice farming in Laos

Our final stop before making our way to Cambodia, now into our last month of travel, was a hugely enjoyable visit to a rice farm cooperative, known as Living Farm, about 15 minutes outside Luang Prabang. Originally just a small organic farm enterprise, it now supports seven families who live on the farm, employing agriculture […]

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Luang Prabang

A city of 80,000 that retains a good deal of French colonial past in its patisseries and buildings, Luang Prabang is a place you can fall in love with. The pace is slow, lingering perfection, bikes and tuk tuks, fruit shakes, pancakes, and noodle soups from the street food stalls. Lao people are surely the […]

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The mighty Mekong to Luang Prabang

Dawn broke and we took a 90 minute drive down towards the Thai-Laos border at Chiang Kong. Paperwork, taxes, and some more taxes later we were officially in Laos, Land of a Thousand Elephants. A further short bus ride after customs, along with the to be expected extortionate tourist tax and visa, and we were […]

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Our Bamboo nest with the hull-tribes in the mountains of Chiang Rai

The next stop after a brief night layover in Manila was a 4am flight to Chiang Rai via Bangkok. This was a defining moment: we had asked for wake up calls for both rooms in our Remington airport hotel. The two of us still getting dressed, at 3am walk in, hiking boots and backpacks in […]

Paradise found in El Nido

Next stage beckoned: after our relatively monastic life at camp, we were family reunited once again and ready to travel north to see the marvels of El Nido. Poor Alberto was so jet lagged he could hardly keep his eyes open, but our slightly mad driver made sure he was as uncomfortable as possible, careering […]

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Leaving camp: the verdict

If there was just one aim of our volunteering program, it was for the girls¬† to experience not just a completely different reality and to feel duly grateful for all they have, which is all rather obvious, but rather, for them to understand that the children they were teaching and their families were ‘real’: not […]

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Volunteering at kindergarten: Week 2

Days at school are similar, and we get to know names and character traits as we go. Naughty but clever Willem, and his double act Erwin; pretty Nicole, wily Grace, little Jaecob with his twisted hand… they arrive on Mondays clean and presentable, by Wednesday they are a dirty, mucky mess. The girls are applied, […]