Month: July 2014

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Jul 30, 2014
Posted in: Attractions

  Note: I know the last few weeks haven’t been fun or light reading. Cambodian history isn’t fun or light. I appreciate you guys sticking with me while I’ve waded through it. This will be my last post focusing on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. There is more to the country than this dark…

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Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Jul 29, 2014
Posted in: Attractions

Note: Today’s post goes into detail about the brutality of the Khmer Rouge, and specifically what happened at the Killing Fields. There are also images of human remains (mostly bones and skulls) towards the end. I just wanted to let you know beforehand. Also, I’ve listed this under tourist attractions, because I guess it is,…

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The White Mansion Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Jul 28, 2014
Posted in: Hotels

I am writing today about our hotel. Because I needed a break from the Khmer Rouge before launching into our visit The Killing Fields. Because I am a huge, whiny wimp. The White Mansion Hotel in Phnom Penh is posh. It was by far the fanciest of the places at which we stayed during our trip.

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The Decline of the Khmer Rouge, and Its Legacy

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Jul 24, 2014

It’s funny (well, not funny, but you know – interesting) that even as I’m researching this stuff, I have trouble imagining how it happened. I saw first hand the aftermath of it, but some part of me still can’t wrap my head around it. I guess I would just like to think that we live…

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WTF Weds: Durian. Ugh. Durian.

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Jul 23, 2014
Posted in: Food, WTF, WTF Wednesdays

I would like to take a moment to talk about durian. I have to. I have spent the larger part of the morning working on a post about the Khmer Rouge, and I very much need a mental break, and talking about stinky fruit will allow for that to happen. So. Durian. The stuff is…

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The Reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia

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Jul 22, 2014
Posted in: Uncategorized

Yesterday, I discussed the political situation in Cambodia that allowed for the Khmer Rouge to rise to power. Today, I want to talk about what happened once they were in control of the country. All the same caveats that I mentioned yesterday still hold true. Mainly: I’m not a historian, so while I’ve done my…

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The Rise to Power of The Khmer Rouge in Cambodia

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Jul 20, 2014
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Lesson 1: The Khmer Rouge. It seems pointless to tell you about Cambodia without first going into the country’s history, particularly in the last forty years or so. Some will chastise me, and will be quick to say that the country is more than the Khmer Rouge, more than this dark history. That’s true: I…

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I Mustache For Your Patience

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Jul 16, 2014
Posted in: Site News

I’ve been slacking lately on the blog. I’m sorry about that. Balancing travel, home, life, the blog, and the book has been harder than I thought. This last week has been particularly busy – mostly for Rand. His company’s annual conference is taking place here in Seattle, which means he’s been running around non-stop. It…

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