Return to the Kingdom of Cambodia
Here are 25 facts about Angkor Wat - including footage of the temple from a helicopter!
So I did tell our one mutual friend, Johnny, who made sure Wicced would be in a certain bar after work. When I ninja’d (is that a word?) in behind him and pretended to bump into him, the look of surprise on his face was priceless. I had my tuk tuk driver film the encounter:
Now, a year and a half later, I wanted to make sure that Anton was not forgotten. So I attended a Wat (temple), as is the Buddhist ritual. In a ceremony for the dead, a Buddhist monk was offered food, drink, coin, incense, flowers, etc., which he blessed in the presence of some of my favorite photographs of Anton. According to tradition, these things will find their way up to Anton in heaven, so he will be comforted and know that we’re thinking of him.
For this reason, it was an emotional return to Phnom Penh. But I know it’s what Anton would have wanted, and it felt good to pay tribute to his memory. I’m sure Anton is smiling down on all of us today.
Lost on purpose
Hello again, Phnom Penh
Some new friends of mine took me on a 30-minute tuk tuk ride outside of Phnom Penh, where we found the Sunflower Family orphanage. I was really impressed with Sunflower, and everyone there looked happy and healthy.
But there was one thing I found truly remarkable about the situation there. Find out what it was here.
Ghosts in the road
On this recent trip back to the Kingdom of Cambodia, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with an Australian gentleman who had spent many years in Cambodia. In fact, he was a young soldier for hire working for the United Nations in 1992, when the international community came into the country to help stabilize the political situation, improve conditions for the people, and set up free democratic elections.
He told me a story about ghosts rising from the road one night that stuck with me. I'll share it with you here.