Today was our last day in Chung Ruk village. We’ve completed all of our projects (building a preschool, a fence around the school campus, we installed 46 bio-sand filters in villagers homes and a water catchment tank for the preschool) today it was time to party and say goodbye- for now. We all have fallen in love with the Cambodian people, especially the darling children.
Six people on a scooter, I’m pretty sure that’s got to be a record…
A friend who works at Sustainable Cambodia teaching us some sweet manuves. We also got schooled in kung fu. That smile is deceiving, let’s just say I’d avoid getting into a fight with this guy at all costs.
My dance class- during the closing ceremonies party today we turned up the music and put to good use that one activity that supercedes the language barrier- dance party. These little ladies stood directly in front of me and imitated every move I made. I did my best to teach them the basics, the macarena and a few Saturday Night Fever moves.
Cute, happy new friends we laughed with, understanding nothing of what each other said as we installed a bio-sand filter at their house. The filter is the grey cement item in the middle of the picture above.
Most Cambodians stop smiling when you pull out the camera- it’s a cultural thing I’m sure. So getting a smiling picture is tough, with teeth showing is even harder to come by. But this friend wasn’t afraid to match my gigantic cheesy grin.
She would come over as I was working hauling cement buckets and squeeze my arm muscles and tell me stories in Khmer even though I blankly and uncomprehendingly stared back at her with my big nerdy grin.
This kid looks so much like my nephew Chris when he was this age, I had to hunt him down for a picture. I’m sure he was wondering why the weird old white woman with the camera was following him around all afternoon.
What an amazing trip this has been- but it’s not over yet… tomorrow we go to Siem Rep and to the temples at Ankor Wat, a place I’ve really been looking forward too visiting. Stay tuned.