Sad Historical Place: Travel Photo Contest Friday 10

Update: The winner is Mike! The picture was in Cambodia at Cheung Ek, also known as the Killing Fields where the Khmer Rouge committed one of the most brutal mass killings in history. The monument and surrounding unmarked graves are a grim reminder of what man is capable of and what we are all responsible for helping to prevent. The stupa is filled with human skulls from the bottom to the top which can be seen through the glass encasement. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday where each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country and name of this sad historical place -somewhat of a hint) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean Read full article…

Should you give money to beggars when you travel?

Sitting outside on the patio of a small Kosovo cafe, a beer held at the ready to celebrate the end to another perfect day, we were suddenly descended on by six scruffy small children. Pitiful eyes pleaded with us for money as they spread out amongst our group begging. We ignored them in turn and somehow they managed to look even more desperate. I know, it sounds horrible and trust me it feels horrible. I have been traveling a long time and the scene is the same in most developing countries I visit. The orphans in Hanoi reciting their memorized English phrases, the legless beggars in Cambodia, the woman with her newborn child hanging limply from her breast as she begs amongst stopped traffic in Sri Lanka. We weren’t a group of normal travelers, instead we were all seasoned development workers, used to working in harsh environments with marginalized and Read full article…

Three weeks in Phenom Penh, Cambodia

In September I spent 3 weeks in Phenom Penh, Cambodia on an extended work trip. Flying into the country I was amazed at the transformation that has happened over just the last 3 years since I had visited last, and especially since my first trip in 2001. When I was last in Phenom, Penh in 2005 the buildings were still below 3 stories and a lot of roads were still dirt. I visited most of the typical tourist spots in 2005, here are a few pictures from that trip. Just 40 minutes outside of the city and you feel a world away. The Killing Fields museum. The stupa in the distance is a glass filled shrine housing 8,000 human skulls. The stilts help protect from floods Inside the royal place When I visited Angkor Wat in 2000 I traveled overland from Thailand and spent 14 hours from the Thai border Read full article…

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