“Rom Chack!” The title of Siem Reaps hottest tune, think of it as Cambodias “Gangham Style”. It has been played more times than one should ever listen to a song. To say the least we are “chacked out”! Khmer new year has been a blast, filled with crazy dancing, traditional games and being soaked with water and then poofed with talcum power! We all looked like soggy snowmen by the end of the weekend.
The safety has been improved massively, highlighted by the traditional Khmer game of whacking a coconut shell raised in the air using a 5ft stick whilst blindfolded! (“It’s all a bit of fun and games”).
Progress has been made on lavatory building. We have dug a 3m hole and perfected our brick laying skills. The wonderful children living in these villages are so fun, all they want to do is play, which can be somewhat distracting. Distraction heightened when the pet baby monkey made an appearance. It was the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen.
We are all really enjoying our afternoon teaching at two different schools. This week we have had to come up with our own lesson plans and it feels surreal to be the one behind the teachers desk after so many years of being students. We are all teaching different things, whilst Tucker plays football with the kids, Charlie is teaching Pythagoras theorem ! kudos to him as most of us get the Cold sweats when thinking about Maths!
On Saturday morning we experienced something that will stay with us forever. We arrived at Angkor Wat at 5 in the morning, it was still dark and all we could see was the moving outline of the monument. We sat next to the lake in front of the temple and waited for the sun. Watching the yellow glow hit the east facade was dream like. We then spent most of the day exploring the monument, every minute someone would say “look at that” or “quick you have to come see this!!” The awe inspiring views continued for the entirety of the journey, and shall stay in our memories forever.
It’s obscene to think we have spent nearly 4 weeks in Siem Reap. It has gone so quickly and we have enjoyed every moment of it so far, and we are deeply looking forward to work in the elephant sanctuary!