I am naming this blog post "why did the rooster cross the road" because whilst we were at a Siem Reap timber yard this morning, pouring with sweat in the blistering heat, Danae came up to me very proud of herself for capturing a picture of this ol' mate near the road. Hahahaha!!!! So I told her then and there when we joked about why chickens cross roads - that she just gave me the name of today's blog post. Great story. U had to be there....lol.
So! Why were we at a timber yard this morning? Well. There are some very special people living in Banteay Oumpel village - the area where the mobile school will begin it's first classes - and Jimmy has initiated a new project between Happy Kids Cambodia and the village people on this trip. We will give more details in the coming days but we are all very excited to share this with you and also see the final outcome! So to begin this project, we had to organise the transport of timber and other materials to the rural village, and wow what a journey it was!!!!! We hired a trailer driver from Siem Reap to transport our purchased materials to the rural village, and started the >2hr journey out there with our convoy!!! We had the trailer driver with the materials, Jimmy driving his tuk tuk with Anna, baby Javi, Danae & Robyn inside, myself and Adrian on a motorbike and Marty also on a motorbike!!!
After driving to a certain point, we had to then transfer to what I call a tractor-trailer-thing, and Jimmy called it a "tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk" hahaha. Which is obviously named after the chugging motor noise it makes!!!!! This then took us through the very rough dirt, muddy and flooded track all the way into the heart of the village. At one point, the trailer with the wood and materials got bogged lol!!! See the video below to see the drama :) We picked up some vegetables from a local market on the way and the wonderful and kind village women cooked a delicious meal for everyone. We unloaded the materials in the village and also spent some time exploring the nearby ancient temple - which is always a beautiful highlight of visiting this village.
Sorry for the above photo spam, there was way too many good ones not to share!!! We were all very tired after a long day in the heat, however we enjoyed a relaxing journey home, witnessing sunset over rice fields, lush green vegetation through Siem Reap's outskirts, we even got to see a beautiful temple before it went dark. And then the heavens opened and Cambodia's clouds drenched us from head to toe with blessing water from the sky. The hail hit so hard, there was nothing left to do except laugh uncontrollably. Which is what me, Marty and Adrian did whilst riding around the outskirts of Angkor Wat, on our way home in the heaviest downfall you could imagine. What an adventure of a day!!! An experience enjoyed by all. We are so incredibly lucky to know Jimmy, who is the only reason we are able to connect with the people of Cambodia's countryside. These experiences are off the beaten track, and allow our organisation to extend our charity work to a wider community of Cambodian people. We hope we can help empower as many of these kind souls as we possibly can.
Goodnight, time for some aloe vera on the sunburn.