I just arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
This weeks newsletter is funny.
Gas station in Cambodia
Hotel in Cambodia for 2 dollars U.S.
Small Cambodia girl on the truck with 26 other people.
I am in Cambodia. There is a place where Pol Pot and his thugs or political party called the Khmer Rouge killed maybe over a million people.
Now the word Rouge means red in French, but why do they call the Khmer Rouge or the Red Cambodia in a sort of literal translation. Khmer which either refers to the main ethnic group of the country or the language they speak. This word an adaptation from the original native language to the westernized version. I am pretty sure the Cambodians call themselves Khmer.
ASKED A FRENCH GIRL?
I asked a French girl that was in the restroom.. I share a toilet or bath with other people and this is OK sometimes….
Nice benefit of travel, being to ask opinions of people from the actual country.
So I ask the girl what Rouge meant? Of course she said,
“Red,” but I then say in Khmer Rouge.
“Like Red Communist,” and shrugged her should to say she was guessing.
I then said,
That was a famous cabaret or strip club in Paris where a lot of some-what intellectuals or painter hung around. I think they went for the girls…? Hehehe but who can be sure.
She just said,
Red is a color of sex in the world. Red light, red clothes, and it is also the color of thing that are wrong. In the black or in the red. But a Commie Red is another things, and I am not sure why Russia had a Red Army? I am seeing that 80 percent of the time it to do with only the color, but in tracking down this word and learning the whys of the word I am sure I can understand more about the culture. I am always trying to find out why they name a city the name they name it or why a person or place has a name. This is normally the essential point of the tourist destination or location, and should not be overlooked that they named it this for a reason.
The book the Naked Ape has a lot to say about red…hehehe
Has to do with how animals attract a mate, and maybe humans.
I am in Siem Reap the city next to Angkor Wat, the trip here was a real wild story so I am saving for the Newsletter. I hope to send today.
Friday July 2, 2004
I am leaving for Cambodia tomorrow on a 7 AM bus, it is an executive bus with Air Conditioning and will be very easy until the border where if we repeat the same path as I went before we will change to one of the middle range buses. It is ok as long as we arrive tomorrow.
I have a list of things to collect or do before I leave, most just miscellaneous things that I can buy anywhere, but because I know this area can buy quicker.
COMPUTER IS FIXED MAYBE?
I went and got my computer after I had a Thai friend call and verify that it was done. They said they called me and wrote me and email but I was wise enough to not count on that happening, but the great part is they got it done quick, but I am still not sure it is ok.
But the great part is the computer hard drive worked last night long enough for me to completely backup the new computer onto my second or old computer. I am now completely backed up and if both computer do not get stolen I am ok in a way.
I am actually in very good shape now, but still always nervous about backing up information. I have over one gig of information in webpages or photos. That is like maybe 750 of them small 3.5 floppy disks or two of the CD Roms. I am going to have to separate the webpage into two CD Roms so I can backup. I am very happy about the web site and my work now as it is starting to make sense in life.
FOR THE TECHIES - MY BACKUP STRATEGY
1. Now until 30 Days back is on 30 Meg Flash Drive.
2. Two computer in and they are duplicates of same information but except for may the current 30 days.
3. All photos are posted daily to the webpage.
4. CD Roms a made of 700 or less FOLDERS of the hard drive. This takes about 7 CD Roms.
5. Mail home or leave with a friend in the event of an emergency. I normally just leave with a friend that could overnight this to me quickly as it become old information in less than a month.
6. Carry a copy of the CD Roms, note that I try to keep in a separate bag than my computers.
7. Passwords are backed up in a mail box on the internet.
FUTURE Hope for backup.
I want to send a CD Rom of my webpage to another hosting company and than have them mirror the site in the event my page goes down.
WALKING AROUND - BAI TIO
In the Thai language it is something like bye tee oh that means to go wander around without a plan, or also I think to go on vacation. It is not clear to me and I think it is not clear actually to the Thai people what it means, they think simple and not in specific terms. Every word is general and not exact as are most languages of the world, it often hard to believe we can describe what we want, but when you add the hand gestures, the looking with the eyes, and a few other non-word communications you can see that words are not that important for the normal day to day activity.
Communication is easy in other languages as long as you do not try to talk… talking just interferes with what we want to say.
The new world of digital photos. This is not for the meek, but people take digital photos but in reality this is beyond the ability of about 50 percent of people. People need to learn before they lose a whole trip full of photo by accident as the British girl just did that is crying vigorously.
AERIAL VIEW OF MOAT WALLS OF ANGKOR WAT
FEISTY LITTLE GIRL POSTCARD SALESPERSON
THE MANY FACES OF ANGKOR WAT
This is more or less new, but inside the site.
I just returned form Angkor Wat.
One of the best Moat and Walled cities I have ever seen. The actual archeology site is ok, but the layout of the city for defensive purposes is extreme. They must have slaves or someone working for 100's of years to dig this Moat. It must be 50 Meters wide minimum, and the wall is just inside the Moat. The actual buildings inside to me were not so spectacular for the age of 1400 years more or less old, but the strategic of how they built the place was great. Tikal in Guatemala still makes this seem like a minor place, in my opinion. This is similar to Hampi in India in age and construction, but Hampi is a lot smaller maybe, but the local area of Hampi India a lot more beautiful. The Siem Reap River that fed the city here is not so wonderful and the site is basically on a flat piece of ground area and it appear the surrounding is flat in comparison to Hampi or Tikal. Machu Picchu is very very beautiful from a nature point of view but the levels of accomplishment by human work was minimal compared to Tikal. I really need to see Egypt. Very old.
I have people link to my site and I have a way to sort of see who is visit and where they come from... But somedays you just do not or are not clear why...
Here is definitely a unique page.
I paid 600 Baht or 15 Dollars USA for bus to Angkor Wat or city of Siem Reap. Very easy to get a hotel for 4 or 5 dollars per night.
We got ripped on the exchange of dollars and Baht at the border. I recommend you carry dollars into Cambodia as most things are price in dollars and they seem to like dollars. There are NO ATM or Bank Machine in Siem Reap, but there is suppose to be ATM machines in Phom Phen Cambodia.
I believe the cost to get a Cambodia Visa at the Border is 1000 Baht. So you really can just get on a bus and go to Cambodia with a visa. Lots of people got the visa the border, but probably better to get in Bangkok. I did for 950 Baht, with a 2 day wait.
Internet is good, and all is simple, have only had women offered time in the first day... hehehe
I would say that Sex Tourism is alive and thriving in Cambodia.
Siem Reap is full of 5 Star Hotels.
Motorcycle taxis cost about 3000 Riel, or about 75 Cent U.S.
4000 Riel Equals one dollar U.S.
This is a Full ON tourist city. Very high end in most ways so far, and on the I look like a Dollar sign mentality. Dollars is king.