Well, as of today, I’ve been in Cambodia for exactly one month! Still lots to do but am very pleased with the progress so far.
Spent an afternoon at the old (or current) land mine museum on friday…meeting more kids, playing volleyball with them. Saturday was a very full day….production planning with Jon in the morning. Met Phil and Hak for lunch before we drove to Hak’s village about an hour outside of town. Visited with Hak’s friends and family for a couple hours and filmed a piece on Hak relating his story of how he lost his leg to a land mine.
We had to leave early to get back for the start of the puppet parade through town. For the past month, children from various local schools with the help of foreign volunteers have been busily working on making giant floats out of scrap materials (see previous entries for pictures). Saturday night, they paraded through town and to a local park where they were shown a slideshow of the construction process. Pretty much the whole town was involved in this in some way. My role was to film the different stages of the event and edit a promotional video to show the kids and other potential sites. Unfortunately no pictures of the parade here but a video clip is on its way! Spent sunday afternoon at a cafe helping Cambodians learn English. I was expecting to just have a drink with friends but it turned into a 4 hour english session and birthday party for 6 Cambodian girls I’d never met before.