Thursday, August 11, 2005

Day 100

A distinctly non-chirpy morning, with a visit to camp S21 at Tuol Sleng
Photo_display_w_reflection_9_@_S-21,_Tuol_Sleng,_Phnom_Penh Photo_display_w_reflection_4_@_S-21,_Phnom_Penh
and the killing fields at Choeung Ek.
Skulls_5_@_Choeung_Ek,_Phnom_Penh

Driving back through Phnom Penh, it would appear that there are but two roundabouts and two traffic lights in the entire city.

After lunch, things cheer up a bit with a visit to the Royal Palace, although I think we're all getting a bit fed up with the relentless expectation that we'll cough up money: only one of the thirteen in the group buys the extra $2 camera pass for the palace (and which doesn't even allow photography in the buildings), and the palace guide gets a very minimal tip (as our third nested guide for the day: the Exodus guide, a Phnom Penh guide and a palace guide).
Flag_@_Choeung_Ek,_Phnom_Penh

Anyway, the palace has a curiously eclectic feel to it; lots of the displays feel like we're wandering through someone's attic—a morass of random junk, only more gilden than you'd find in the average attic.

(Mobile moment #3: man driving scooter loaded with goods through busy intersection with mobile phone to ear).

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