Been a busy week of finalizing local assistants, translators, local market prices, and accomodations for the coming month. Schedule and script are constantly being re-tuned and I’m looking forward to working with Jon and Jose in person rather than through emails, international phone lines, and text messages!
While Jon and Jose were starting their 36 hour journey to meet me, I spent the day reading the first copy of Aki Ra’s coming book “The Story of My Life” to Aki Ra. We picked a nice quiet spot in the jungle so words like “Pol Pot” and “Khmer Rouge” would go un-noticed.
Last night, I attended a concert that all the children from the land mine museum participated in. The kids played traditional instruments, sang songs, and danced to each other’s solo performances. Aki Ra and Hourt had taught the kids how to play the different instruments and were proud on-lookers for the concert. As it was very dark when the performance was taking place, I didn’t want to disturb the kids by taking a lot of flash pictures, but some of the highlights are below. Luckily my camera ran out of batteries just before I joined the dancing circle (so thankfully no pictures of that one).
Had my third khmer lesson this morning, wish I could say I could speak more, but I’m getting there. The basics have been great so far (directions, market prices, food, etc.) Decided to walk back from my meeting with CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Center) in regards to filming permission/co-ordination. Walked the entire 3km with a young boy named Yapoun and spoke Khmer the entire way! Jul Keo! (Bottoms up/cheers in Khmer)