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7 Dec. Time to say "Leah seun hai" (Goodbye)

sunny 32 °C

I watched the sun come up this morning. This will be my last day in Cambodia.

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Today is going to be busy, as my flight is this evening. I woke early and blogged! Tea at 6 and I continued for another hour. At breakfast I chatted to some of the other guests of Riverside Seam Reap. I said goodbye to Jasmine, Eng and Chai. But it was time to get serious about getting everything done. I figured that I would do the most critical things first, and what didn't fit into the day could be skipped.

I organized and packed my belongings. Hotel room cleaned out and all things in my suitcase or given away. I had sent off the flash cards and some other classroom stuff to the other orphanage - (They have a tighter hold on using and keeping track of this kind of stuff), and a fluffy quacking toy for Visilili, Kosa's shy little daughter, and I had tipped the staff that make my time here so really wonderful.

Now it was time to find the optical shop I had checked on the other day. It wasn't far, so I went in and arranged to have an eye exam and order the distance glasses. The sight test was thorough and used the same up to date technology as any optical shop back home. My perscription set, I had only to pick the frames. I found some cute ones, paid a deposit and I went on to poke about in the shops 'till the glasses were ready.

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This is the place.... They fulfilled all the promises on their window and delivered to me TWO pairs of top quality distance glasses for $15. 00 each!

Back at the hotel I started searching my pictures for good shots of the kids so that I could copy them. This was time consuning, but al last I had located the ones and put them onto a flash drive . I checked out of my room and put my suitcase and backpack downstairs at the front desk. I paid my bill and Danielle's, then I headed into town to get copies of the photos printed for the kids. I found a custom photo shop and I was treated to a techno-savvy young lady, who removed gleaming eyes and overexposed individuals in one of the shots. She took my order: as many copies of each picture as there are people in the picture. I ended up with 70 pictures, including one of a "pixie" haircut that I would try to have done as soon as I spotted a hairdresser.

These are some of the individual shots I had developed for the children, in addition to the class pictures and a few others.

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Chanta and Sriedoeurn are sitting on Chanta's "cart" - a suitcase he has been chasing around with while the doggie and other boys ride on it.

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As last evening's dance preparations were ongoing, I promised Sreidoeurn that I would take a picture to give to her.

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Sriepech and Sreituch. (I can't name the monkeys)

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The white monkey king is appealing to the mermaid queen of the river (Samet).

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Sreineang ...notice : s r e i n E a n g, spelled with two E's. This is a dance of welcome. In it flower petals in gold chalices are scattered.

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Sreinang (one E) and Hoeury

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Sreinang (one E) , an Apsara dancer.

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Ossa

I love visiting these wonderful kids. I enjoy teaching at ACODO orphanage. There have been some changes there in the last year. Many of the older children - 17, 18 and older - have left the orphanage. Some are pursuing jobs, most are continuing their high school studies. Some of the students who have left have sponsors and some do not. Some have returned to their family. I hope to go back again very soon. I will be working at the orphanage once again, but I will also be trying to be in contact with the students who have left. I left ACODO once again, with very good memories of the wonderful people I am getting to know there. Perhaps the short video sums up my feelings about leaving these children. As these graceful Apsara dancers leave the stage, I know that I will see them again very soon.

The last moments of the APSARA dance. (Apsaras are the dancers, whose images were carved in stone on the walls of Angkor Wat and other temples in Siem Reap.)

Well, this voyage to Siem Reap has gone much too fast. I have said my goodbyes to all the children at ACODO and to other people that I have the great fortune to have met here. I walk back to the hotel and I find that Samnang (did I say that this name means "Good Luck") is waiting for me in the lobby. He is ready to take me to the airport in his car. After more goodbyes at the hotel, we pull out into the darkening evening. The ride to the airport is a time to think about a wonderful two weeks, and about a few loose ends. I will have to be back soon!
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The info on my ticket says: Flight Duration: 17hr 30min Layover Time: 8hr 25min Total Trip Time: 25hr 55min, and this will only take me to London. I will have plenty of time to relive my little adventure!

. . . . . . . . . Time to fly....

If you want to look at more of the Traditional Khmer dancing at ACODO orphanage, I found a well done video on you tube. Just paste the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfyjh6l1kuI

Also, I found a site that explains the Traditional Khmer dancing done in Siem Reap. It is worth a look
http://www.canbypublications.com/siemreap/srothersr.htm

Posted by Sue McNicholas 10:43 Archived in Cambodia

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