Back to school. 2019.

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We clattered over the footbridge that was scarcely wide enough to take the tuk tuk. I was two minutes away from seeing the school we built in 2005.

The last time I was in Cambodia was October 2015 and it said a lot about the place that it inspired blogs from me well into 2016.  At night I continue to dream about the countryside especially, with the warm fragrance of tropical plants, red dusty roads and delicious wok-cooked food, sizzling on beds of burning charcoal.

My main ambition for this journey in December/January was to go out and visit the school I helped Savong build in 2005  and to do some teaching and to consider how the school may have benefited the children of Bakong.  The photo above is my tuk tuk driver Sothy Leru navigating a pedestrian bridge near the Bakong village on the way to the school. Alas, we couldn’t take the usual road to the school, the one that goes past Bakong temple – the ruins of which are older than Angkor Wat. These days the area comes under the control of the APSARA authority, the managers of the greater Angkor Wat region: the people who quite fairly charge tourists for a1 Day, 2 Day or 5 Day pass.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share the story and review what the current state of play is with the school.  Right now I can say I really enjoyed teaching there and, yet again, I felt as if Cambodia is my second home.

So welcome back to my blog.  Join me as I revisit the school, help release a prisoner from jail, visit another prisoner and play detective as I catch up with old friends.

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3 thoughts on “Back to school. 2019.

  1. Hi Duncan

    I am so pleased your health has improved to the point where you are able to travel and I am looking forward to hearing more about your Savong School experiences. I hope to return and teach again one day soon.

    All the best Antonia

    On Wed, 23 Jan 2019 at 15:41, Savong School Cambodia wrote:

    > duncankudos posted: ” The last time I was in Cambodia was October 2015 and > it said a lot about the place that it inspired blogs from me well into > 2016. At night I continue to dream about the countryside especially, with > the warm fragrance of tropical plants, red dusty roa” >

    • Thanks Antonia – the journey was really worthwhile and enjoyable and my only concession to health was to stay in a comfy hotel. I noticed whenever I used stairs our clambered into a tuktuk there was always somebody ‘assisting’ me in the same way I’d assist my grandfather, years ago when he was in his 80s. I felt the not so subtle pull of old age. Meeting the students was a real pleasure.

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