Battambang and CCT here we come!!
16.01.2011 - 16.01.2011
Today is our last day in Siem Reap. We have had great hospitality from the team st Horizons and we totally recommend them to anyone coming this way!!
We set of in the van we hired for the day and went to the Angkor Wat Temples. Although we have been there before we enjoyed a relaxed visit with Belsi. We watched on old Khmer man do some fortune telling and all really wanted to have a go but would not have understood a word he said. We held a book over the persons head and they poked a stick into it to choose their fortune. He then tied a red ribbon around their wrist and chanted at it and then either blew or spat onto the ladies wrist, we were not quite sure.
Lunch was very enjoyable once again.
Finally we set off very excited to Battambang!! Woo Hoo - cant wait to see the kids. It took around three hours. The road is "paved" (sealed) now and makes things very comfortable. Sent a couple of texts to Tara and she was also very excited about our arrival.
Settled into the Khemera Hotel - amazed at the rennovations that have happened here in sixteen months. I guess that many hands and cheap labor make construction work happen much faster here than Australia.
Tara came and picked us up for dinner and asked if we wanted to go to CCT first ..... YES YES YES
The kids did not know we were coming and we heard some very excited squeals. It was lovely Roua came and gave Fiona a huge hug. His English is fantastic. Som Nung was the same with Trish and wrapped her arms around her. Hai and Heang were happy to see the girls and kept tickling them and running away with lots of little laughs. There are also many new faces and some were shy but a few came and said hello.
The new house is much larger then the old one and must make life easier for everyone.
Tou walked around and saw the girlsand said with a very loud WOW WOW WOW they are big.
Sahvenne was amazed also at the girls. Looking back at the photos of our last trip they have both grown ... alot!!
Had dinner at the White Rose with Marnie who is volunteering in the CCT office for a few months. The White Rose makes the best fruit smoothies in the world I am sure!!
Tomorrow promises to be a great day with a tour to visit some families that CCT have helped in various ways and the older girls and boys homes. Tara tells us that "Buffalo" will collect us from the hotel at 8.30 in the CCT Tuk Tuk.