19.01.2011 - 19.01.2011
Today we hired a Tuk Tuk and together with the trusty Buffalo and a few of the girls from the big girls house we headed off for the Banan Temples and Caves.
Fiona felt a little ill not sure if it was Tuk Tuk sick or sick sick!!
We went to visit the Banan Family who CCT have been helping for a short time. The step father was abusing the girls and was arrested on Christmas Day and is now in jail where he belongs! This family were delighted in the clothes and shoes we delivered.
We stood at the bottom of the 300 stairs and looked UP.... it was a long way and the steps were uneven and varying heights. We stopped many times to have a breather. We got fanned down by the Mother from the Banan Family and massaged/Karate Chopped all down the legs!!
Oh my gosh this was really taking it out of us!! Although Fliss and Sophia seemed to almost fly up with their long legs.
The view was pretty good at the top ... there was a fair bit of smog which seems to be worse than our last visits.
Fiona Fliss and Sinet went to sit down while the rest of us went to explore the cave. It was very cool in the cave. The guide explained that the Khmer Rouge had cemented one exit shut entrapping many Cambodians who were desperately trying to escape from them.
We took the girls to the White Rose and let them order what ever they liked. There were 11 of us and the bill was $35.
It is amazing at how much food these tiny girls can tuck away.
Next stop was to Taras house to say good bye.... notlooking forward to this.
Taras house is out of town a little and in a rice paddy area. It is a lovely house. Her four dogs were there to greet us and there was no way we were going to get in with out Tara being there!!
It has been so great seeing Tara.... she is doing some amazing things in Battambang. She says she will not take any more children but we do remember her saying this last time we were here!!
The children were putting a Apsara Dance Performance on for us. They are dressed in the Traditional costume which is made from beautiful silk. The colours are amazing. Considering they were not doing this 16 months ago they are very talented. It is very serious.
Sinet set off in a taxi for along trip back to PP.