It’s amazing how you can find opportunities to learn about the local culture for free; you can simply visit the restaurants shops and talk to the locals, take advantage of the free guided walking tours, or if you have the time, live in that city for a month or longer 🙂
Because I spend most of my days in the CCDO office or in the field, I haven’t taken advantage of all that Siem Reap has to offer, and I only have a few weeks left! My time here in this wonderful city is coming to an end soon, and I want to start doing more than dining at as many places as possible 😛 I came across Artisans Angkor, a company that provides vocational training to rural people in the form of craftsmanship and promotes fair trade and development in Cambodia. When I visited this place, I was able to see some of the craftspeople hard at work etching beautiful sculptures using wood and different stones!
This past weekend, we ventured out of Siem Reap for the first time to visit Battambang! It wasn’t what I expected at all, although I think my expectations were a bit high… I was expecting this super large city with tons of people, but it was wayyyy less busy than Siem Reap, and a lot quieter as well! Unlike SR, where we stayed was barren with the exception of a few hotels and some bar restaurants that only opened in the evening (that made looking for food so difficult without transportation!)
Here are some photos to highlight the weekend 😀 Hope you enjoy! Thailand is next….stay tuned 😉
This past weekend I went to La Manzanilla with my host family to see los crocodrilos up close and personal! Have a good guess what those are? For a modest 30 pesos for an adult ticket, you can walk around the manglares (mangroves) to see a TON of crocodiles just chilling and sunbathing at the banks. If you’re lucky, you can catch some exotic birds like egrets and ibises!
Hi everyone, I’m back! The next few posts will feature photos from my recent trip to Europe 🙂
My first stop was in Madrid, Spain. The weather was a solid 100~ degrees Fahrenheit the two days I was there, something I’ve never experienced before in the US. The people there are so nice, and I was amazed and impressed that I was able to get by with my middle school and high school level Spanish and speak with the locals! I loved how nearly every city I visited had community trash bins for regular, recycle, and compost trash to encourage proper sanitation. Flowers were in bloom and families were all out enjoying the fantastic weather at El Retiro Park and Mercado de San Miguel! So excited to be sharing some photos from this fabulous city here:
Hey everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts recently, for I am currently in Naples, Italy 😮 Originally I was going to get back to NYC Wednesday evening but unfortunately there is a strike with the airline that I booked with -sigh- my luck!
I’m excited to share some photos of my trip with you all when I return, so stay tuned! (I attempted to attach some photos of Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins but my WiFi is too slow to load the photos :()