June 18. Angkor Wat.

We take a very early bus to Siem Reap because we are ready for a little tourist break and Angkor Wat is not the worst backdrop for a short timeout. I doze off on the bus and hardly notice how the bus makes a grand detour around one of the largest lakes of southeast Asia. Arrival in Siem Reap is surreal as expected. The road is flanked with expensive hotels, especially Korean entrepreneurs seem to have the edge here. It goes on for miles, then we pass something that could be the town itself, and we end up at a dusty bus station where we inquire for ongoing transportation to Bangkok, but to no avail. I feel itchy and don’t really care about the Wat anymore. Nevertheless, being here I want at least to check out the town and the offers of the offical bus companies, so we agree on taking a motorbike back to the tourist area. It’s a bit of a scary ride clinging to all our luggage. In town we quickly find a tourist agency and I like the older man serving us. He sells us bus tickets for Bangkok tomorrow and a tuktuk driver who will take us to some temples today.
The driver is very kind and professional, taking us to the entrance point where we can purchase our entrance tickets, and suggesting us in which order we best enjoy the Wat delights. We go for the large [[]] first and walk around the big limestone structure that is filled with earth as I learn from an explanatory plaque. Without the many tourist walking around I would feel lost inside the magnificent structure.

We find an affordable guesthouse and spend the night writing our blogs and watching football. Germany showed a meager performance.

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June 18. Angkor Wat.

We take a very early bus to Siem Reap because we are ready for a little tourist break and Angkor Wat is not the worst backdrop for a short timeout. I doze off on the bus and hardly notice how the bus makes a grand detour around one of the largest lakes of southeast Asia. Arrival in Siem Reap is surreal as expected. The road is flanked with expensive hotels, especially Korean entrepreneurs seem to have the edge here. It goes on for miles, then we pass something that could be the town itself, and we end up at a dusty bus station where we inquire for ongoing transportation to Bangkok, but to no avail. I feel itchy and don’t really care about the Wat anymore. Nevertheless, being here I want at least to check out the town and the offers of the offical bus companies, so we agree on taking a motorbike back to the tourist area. It’s a bit of a scary ride clinging to all our luggage. In town we quickly find a tourist agency and I like the older man serving us. He sells us bus tickets for Bangkok tomorrow and a tuktuk driver who will take us to some temples today.
The driver is very kind and professional, taking us to the entrance point where we can purchase our entrance tickets, and suggesting us in which order we best enjoy the Wat delights. We go for the large [[]] first and walk around the big limestone structure that is filled with earth as I learn from an explanatory plaque. Without the many tourist walking around I would feel lost inside the magnificent structure.

We find an affordable guesthouse and spend the night writing our blogs and watching football. Germany showed a meager performance.

June 17. Shelved up. Or so.

I finish that darn bookshelf and Saveth, who has been reluctant and at first seems to be a  little bit flustered by my insistency, is happy with the result. After changing the hanging method as I had insisted, we finally manage to hang the bookshelf where we want it to be and start putting the books on it. They are dug out of a huge blue travel bag that stands in the corner accumulating layers of dust. Genie would have time to label the books so that KNGO could lend them to children and increase the popularity of reading in the community.

Also, Yeon completes the painting of the walls, and we take some nice shots posing in front of them. I hope they will have the intended effect of making the center look more interesting both to sponsoring visitors and the children who come here to learn computer and English skills.

It have been two highly effective days, and we plan to do more for Saveth and his NGO from the road, making sure his presentation on the internet is decent and he attracts the volunteers he needs.
We say goodbye to Saveth, who takes us to Battambang with his tuktuk, and Genie, who will volunteer one more week at KNGO. At Battambang we have to spend another night at a guesthouse, since the busses to Siem Reap, a place whereupon I insisted in order to take in an experience so many people have told me should not be missed: we will visit Ankor Wat.

June 17. Shelved up. Or so.

I finish that darn bookshelf and Saveth, who has been reluctant and at first seems to be a  little bit flustered by my insistency, is happy with the result. After changing the hanging method as I had insisted, we finally manage to hang the bookshelf where we want it to be and start putting the books on it. They are dug out of a huge blue travel bag that stands in the corner accumulating layers of dust. Genie would have time to label the books so that KNGO could lend them to children and increase the popularity of reading in the community.

Also, Yeon completes the painting of the walls, and we take some nice shots posing in front of them. I hope they will have the intended effect of making the center look more interesting both to sponsoring visitors and the children who come here to learn computer and English skills.

It have been two highly effective days, and we plan to do more for Saveth and his NGO from the road, making sure his presentation on the internet is decent and he attracts the volunteers he needs.
We say goodbye to Saveth, who takes us to Battambang with his tuktuk, and Genie, who will volunteer one more week at KNGO. At Battambang we have to spend another night at a guesthouse, since the busses to Siem Reap, a place whereupon I insisted in order to take in an experience so many people have told me should not be missed: we will visit Ankor Wat.

June 16. Working Day.

This is a working day. We take the tuk-tuk to town and go shopping. I buy all kind of stationary for KNGO, ranging from a soccer ball to a few hundred notebooks, pens, bilingual storybooks to paint supplies and buckets. It is easy to find and we are quick and efficient, I like that so much. Who says things can’t be done fast? True, assessment studies are important, but they are no alibi to procrastinate; mid-term evaluations are good but shouldn’t impede the impetus of change.

Yeon starts painting a mural on the front wall of center while I have a go at a first attempt to construct a bookshelf. I measure  and saw and hammer and make a little mistake but I won’t give up. Tomorrow, I promise when I go to bed, there will be a bookshelf and all those dusty book donations will come to life.

June 16. Working Day.

This is a working day. We take the tuk-tuk to town and go shopping. I buy all kind of stationary for KNGO, ranging from a soccer ball to a few hundred notebooks, pens, bilingual storybooks to paint supplies and buckets. It is easy to find and we are quick and efficient, I like that so much. Who says things can’t be done fast? True, assessment studies are important, but they are no alibi to procrastinate; mid-term evaluations are good but shouldn’t impede the impetus of change.

Yeon starts painting a mural on the front wall of center while I have a go at a first attempt to construct a bookshelf. I measure  and saw and hammer and make a little mistake but I won’t give up. Tomorrow, I promise when I go to bed, there will be a bookshelf and all those dusty book donations will come to life.

June 14. Happy.

The time at SSF is wonderful. I feel happy. I would like to work for such an organization when I am big. But will they let me? Ah, will they? They want me to have a diploma. Did napoleon have a diploma? I am so happy here.
We go to the marketplace again to buy some supplies and I see an icebreaker. That would be a nice present if you want to break the ice, I think. We take pictures at the market. Happy.

I learn a lot at SSF.

We have to move on, and decide to sleep early – Vichetr will bring us to Phnom Phen tomorrow morning.