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Today is our sixth day in Cambodia, our second day of the island, and our first day of building the chicken coop! We started off the day with a bit of a surprise when many loud roosters starting calling out excessively all throughout the village at 4 am. We tried to go back to sleep, but cowbells started to sound and people had began their normal days. We soon realized this was just how the village worked and functioned, so we got dressed and ready for the day while trying to wake ourselves up. We all met up at group house for a breakfast of noodles and vegetables. After breakfast, we continued right on to our building site in the backyard of a villager's house. Today we were starting our building with the fencing around the outside of the coop. Our work today consisted of digging holes, planting large log stakes, shoveling and moving dirt for the base, and, to finish it off, putting up the actual fencing. While it might not sound too challenging, this was our hardest and longest day of working on the chicken coop. However, the day was not only about the building. Today was filled with long and exciting games of mafia, which would soon become a group favorite, yummy meals (which included LOTS of white rice and soy sauce), and long-awaited, much-deserved bucket shower (a shower with a big basin of water and a smaller handheld plastic pot. Whenever you need water you just pour a potful of water from the basin over yourself) at the end of the day.
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"Look! It's a male rooster!"
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Chicken Coop, Day 1

Rachel,Cambodia Nueva

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Hello readers, Today is our sixth day in Cambodia, our second day of the island, and our first day of building the chicken coop! We started off the day with a bit of a surprise when many loud roosters starting calling out excessively all throughout the village at 4 am. We tried to go back […]

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07/4/15

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Rachel

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Today is our sixth day in Cambodia, our second day of the island, and our first day of building the chicken coop! We started off the day with a bit of a surprise when many loud roosters starting calling out excessively all throughout the village at 4 am. We tried to go back to sleep, but cowbells started to sound and people had began their normal days. We soon realized this was just how the village worked and functioned, so we got dressed and ready for the day while trying to wake ourselves up. We all met up at group house for a breakfast of noodles and vegetables. After breakfast, we continued right on to our building site in the backyard of a villager's house. Today we were starting our building with the fencing around the outside of the coop. Our work today consisted of digging holes, planting large log stakes, shoveling and moving dirt for the base, and, to finish it off, putting up the actual fencing. While it might not sound too challenging, this was our hardest and longest day of working on the chicken coop. However, the day was not only about the building. Today was filled with long and exciting games of mafia, which would soon become a group favorite, yummy meals (which included LOTS of white rice and soy sauce), and long-awaited, much-deserved bucket shower (a shower with a big basin of water and a smaller handheld plastic pot. Whenever you need water you just pour a potful of water from the basin over yourself) at the end of the day.
Written by Rachel

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Chicken Coop, Day 1

Rachel,Cambodia Nueva

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Hello readers, Today is our sixth day in Cambodia, our second day of the island, and our first day of building the chicken coop! We started off the day with a bit of a surprise when many loud roosters starting calling out excessively all throughout the village at 4 am. We tried to go back […]

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Rachel

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    [post_content] => Hello friends, family and loved ones!! Today is our 7th day in Cambodia and our 3rd day with our home stay families. Today we started our day closer to 6:00 (rather than 4:30. The roosters seemed to be quieter is morning). Today all the kids weren't playing in the morning, but getting ready for school. We got dressed and went to breakfast. We started our breakfast off sadly.
There was a drink we all loved called "royal d". It was a powder that helped you re-hydrate. It tasted like oranges and very tangy. It was very good. We would put it in our water or just lick the powder out of the package. Today we found out there was no more royal d. :(. Some words were said to the royal d.
"RIP royal d"
"I knew this day would come {for the royal d to run out} but I didn't know it would be so soon"
"It hurts to have royal d gone"
We eventually felt a little better about not having royal d, and we will never forget the joy the zesty taste brought us. Before breakfast we played a game of mafia. This trip we have played mafia many times, but we are still not sick of it. After breakfast already feeling sweaty and hot, headed to the chicken coop. We were all very proud because we found out we were ahead of schedule. It was already very hot and humid, but we kept working. We got the fence up and started the roof. When we got hot we would take breaks under the cool house where we smacked and drank lots of water. Under he house we were joined by many chickens and a puppy a few of us named "noodle".
We continued to saw, nail and assemble. We continued to take breaks, eat dragonfruit, bananas, and hang out with noodle. We were so ahead of schedule we got to go to the group house early. We learned about arsenic and sampling water in different provinces to find arsenic. We then ate lunch of fried fish, morning glory (veggies) and rice with soy sauce. We then played mafia for about an hour. After mafia we went under the group house, sat in the hammocks and listened to a man sent kaim talk about his experience with the Khmer Rouge. We found out his brothers and a few nephews were killed :( . Once we had finished talking to him we lounged around in hammocks before we went back to work on he chicken coop. We put another fence up and sawed. We worked took breaks with noodle, worked some more, then ate some crackers. Once we had finished working we were all sweaty and tired. We felt pretty accomplished. A few people who were helping us work started a fire and made us some cooked corn. It tasted very good and fresh. We all went back to our home stays to shower in the cool refreshing water. We headed to dinner, but immediately felt super hot. We had a great dinner, and then went back to our home stays for the rest of the night. We got in our mosquito net and tried to go to sleep in the very hot weather. Slowly it got cooler, and slowly we drifted into s deep sleep. :)
-zoe herlick
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Chicken Coop, Day 2

Zoe,Cambodia Nueva

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Hello friends, family and loved ones!! Today is our 7th day in Cambodia and our 3rd day with our home stay families. Today we started our day closer to 6:00 (rather than 4:30. The roosters seemed to be quieter is morning). Today all the kids weren’t playing in the morning, but getting ready for school. […]

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07/4/15

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Zoe

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Written by Anya and David.

Quote of the day: "Avery bought a tarantula!!!!

-----

FYI: Today we venture to homestays on an island in the Mekong River. We won't have Internet access, so our next update may not be until the middle of next week. All is well! -Avery
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Bus Ride to Kratie

Anya and David,Cambodia Nueva

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Hello to friends, family, and more. Today was an extremely eventful day. We started the day off with breakfast at a purely vegetarian place. All of the “meat” was made out of some sort of soy and was designed to taste like real meat. People are a variety of foods from fried dumplings to noodle […]

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07/1/15

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Anya and David

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Cambodia Nueva

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Dolphins and Home Stays

Sophia,Cambodia Nueva

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Sophia

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Cambodia Nueva

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June 25, 2015

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA -- Thursday was our Khmer Rouge day, the day during which we studied the genocidal regime led by Pol Pot that killed about 3 million Cambodians. But before we visited Tuol Sleng prison or the killing fields at Choeung Ek, we started off the long (and hot) day with breakfast right across the street from our guesthouse. Most of us had noodle soup, the traditional Cambodian breakfast. Next, we took a tuk-tuk ride to Tuol Sleng (code name S-21), the prison in which the Khmer Rouge tortured their real or imagined political opponents. The Khmer Rouge were an ultra-communist regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. When we say ultra-communist, we mean ultra-communist -- they evacuated the cities completely, forced the "new people" (city dwellers, usually richer and more intellectual) into labor camps in the countryside with the "old people" (farmers who had, for the most part, supported the Khmer Rouge during civil war), splitting up families into work units to grow rice. If you were lucky, you worked for 12 hours a day for the next four years, growing rice to meet impossible quotas, trying not to die from hunger, disease, or exhaustion, as about 2 million did. If you were unlucky, you were seen as an enemy of Angkar (the government) for any one of a variety of reasons -- if you were an intellectual, city dweller, stole food, or simply informed on by another in the camp -- you would probably be summarily executed within a day. This is where Tuol Sleng came in. Many particularly heinous suspects, like a drawing student, a Buddhist monk, or a Khmer Rouge cadre who had fallen out of favor, you and your whole family would be taken there and tortured until a confession was made. The stories related in the now-museum were both horrifying and heartbreaking, coming from the few survivors among thousands who died. Perhaps the most interesting part was the testimony of a young guard, still in his teens when he was put in charge of all guards at Tuol Sleng. He walked the fine line of being both perpetrator and victim. He had never wanted to be stationed there instead of in Vietnam, but once there he tortured and killed for fear that his own life would be next if he did not comply. After that, we traveled outside of the city limits to the killing fields at Choeung Ek, stopping for lunch at a restaurant with a TV playing really bad vampire movies. Choeung Ek is the most famous (though only one of many) killing fields in Cambodia. An excellent audio tour guided us around the grounds, where prisoners chosen for death were sent from Tuol Sleng. Since ammunition was expensive, most prisoners there were beaten to death with whatever farming equipment happened to be handy, then pushed into pits, covered with DDT, and buried. Not even infants were spared. A beautiful Stupa has been built to house the exhumed remains of the dead. We returned to Phnom Penh for dinner, eating family-style at a restaurant next to the royal palace along the Tonle Sap river. Favorite dishes included fried rice and grilled beef; least favorite dishes included roasted eel. Finally, with tired heads and heavy hearts from the day, we returned to the guest house, packed, and went to sleep.

Staff Reporters Tuvya Bergson-Michelson and Anya Gupta contributed to this report.

Quote of the day: "What is that?" "Oh, it's mango sweat."
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Khmer Rouge

Tuvya and Anya,Cambodia Nueva

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WTBD World Service June 25, 2015 PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Thursday was our Khmer Rouge day, the day during which we studied the genocidal regime led by Pol Pot that killed about 3 million Cambodians. But before we visited Tuol Sleng prison or the killing fields at Choeung Ek, we started off the long (and […]

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06/27/15

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Tuvya and Anya

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Cambodia Nueva

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Written by Anya and David.

Quote of the day: "Avery bought a tarantula!!!!

-----

FYI: Today we venture to homestays on an island in the Mekong River. We won't have Internet access, so our next update may not be until the middle of next week. All is well! -Avery
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Bus Ride to Kratie

Anya and David,Cambodia Nueva

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Hello to friends, family, and more. Today was an extremely eventful day. We started the day off with breakfast at a purely vegetarian place. All of the “meat” was made out of some sort of soy and was designed to taste like real meat. People are a variety of foods from fried dumplings to noodle […]

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06/27/15

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Anya and David

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Cambodia Nueva

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    [post_content] => Hi friends and family!!

After a lovely welcome from our guides Caleb and Mara, our group took a traditional type of Cambodian transportation called tuk-tuks (basically a cart attached to a motorcycle) to a guest house. We unpacked our things and headed to lunch. It felt like 3:00 in the morning. We were all a bit tired and not in the mood to eat, but we ate noodles and rice anyways. After lunch we headed over to a traditional temple called a Wat where the monks of the temple gave us a blessing for safe travel complete with chanting, jasmine flower petals and sacred water. We explored the area around the temple and found some cute puppies to play with. After visiting the Wat our group had our first encounter with crossing the busy streets of Cambodia. We successfully crossed :). Our group marveled at the amount of people doing jazzercise in the park and learned about some of the historic statues there. After a delicious dinner everyone fell into bed happily. (Quote of the day from a curious sign in the Taipei airport) "Due to aviation concern it is prohibited to breed pigeons or release flying objects in airport boundaries."
Written by: Audrey Cho

Hello peoples of the air conditioning!
Article Made by: Zachary, Loofah, Coconut, Palm-Tree Nemirovsky.
Today was a good day, we woke up at 8:00 in the morning and took a tuk-tuk to breakfast. After a long bumpy ride and many bad puns we arrived at our destination, (which I forget the name of, but I'm sure I can't even pronounce it anyways). The breakfast was amazing and the drinks were fantastic. Shortly after we devoured our meal, we took a five minute ride on our Tuk-tuks (which is almost impossible to spell with autocorrect) and arrived at RDI. RDI is a place that makes very cheap yet reliable water filters for people. They are made from clay and take about 15 days including drying time to make. The filter has 0.016 inch wide holes that remove 70% of the bacteria from the water. After a very long yet interesting tour, we had lunch. About 10 minutes after eating lunch we learned some Khemer, the language of Cambodia. I forget what we did after that because I'm old and have a bad memory, but we magically ended up at a cool market place. The market place was like a huge maze but you couldn't cheat and go outside the boundary to get to the finish. It was stressful finding your way back to the start. Thankfully I called my Mystery-Mouse-Ka-Tool (that's from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse daddy, the one with the hot dog song) who gave me a seeing eye parrot to guide me back to the beginning of the maze. After what seemed like 5 hours of hot yoga, we got back in our little tuk-tuks and drove to dinner. At dinner there was an array of options, but the menu that featured these looked like it took the photos off of Google (Daddy Google is the thing you go to if mommy doesn't know the answer). This pretty much wraps up our whole day, but to continue with tradition I will put in a quotation of the day (my mom becomes a Humpty Dumpty when someone says quote instead of quotation which Is why I put that in).
"Super sonic ninjas come and kill off the other 30% of bacteria" Tour Guide 2015

MC OUT
*drops mic*
This article has been copyrighted by Loofah inc (not affiliated with Coca Cola) any distribution photos or videos of the article is strictly prohibited and may result in fine as large as ¥10,000. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
P.S. My dad does actually know what Google is, which I don't see the point in if mommy knows everything… Or so I've been told. And he also does know what Micky Mouse Clubhouse is, it's his favorite show besides Game Of Thrones.

 
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Hi Friends and Family

Audrey Cho, Zachary Nemirovsky, et al,Cambodia Nueva

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Hi friends and family!! After a lovely welcome from our guides Caleb and Mara, our group took a traditional type of Cambodian transportation called tuk-tuks (basically a cart attached to a motorcycle) to a guest house. We unpacked our things and headed to lunch. It felt like 3:00 in the morning. We were all a […]

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Cambodia Nueva

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We just want to give a quick update about the group. They all arrived in the kingdom of Cambodia safely. They are having lunch at the moment. We will have one or two group activities after lunch. And then we will visit a local temple later this afternoon.

We will keep you posted soon.

Thanks

Mara
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The group arrived safely!

Mara Pho,Cambodia Nueva

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Hello all! We just want to give a quick update about the group. They all arrived in the kingdom of Cambodia safely. They are having lunch at the moment. We will have one or two group activities after lunch. And then we will visit a local temple later this afternoon. We will keep you posted […]

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06/23/15

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Mara Pho

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Cambodia Nueva

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Almost There

Avery Pickford,Cambodia Nueva

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We are done with the long leg and just had a nice breakfast (lunch?dinner?) in the Taipei airport. Currently sitting at the gate for the last leg.

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06/22/15

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Avery Pickford

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Cambodia Nueva

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