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MY CAMBODIAN ADVENTURE - To market - to market.....

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TUESDAY, January 29th

Today there is much to do. I looked for Savon, the ACODO coordinator and handy man. I found him under the van, trying to keep it roadworthy - a weekly chore.
Savon enjoys working at ACODO - He is truly a treasure.

Savon enjoys working at ACODO - He is truly a treasure.

I asked Savon about buying meat and fruit for the supper meal. He said that he would go and see “Mommy” who does the cooking. It was arranged that I would go to the market with her at 12:00 to choose it. I was back at noon, and the younger children were asked what meat they would like. All agreed that they would love chicken. Bunleing got the tuc-tuc and Mommy and I piled in the back. I had brought only $30.00, which is not enough to buy chicken for 80 mouths. We popped into my hotel along the way, and Khemera checked with “Aunty.” A quick $40.00 more came out of the cash drawer (not written down!) It is easy to call this hotel ‘home.’ We did a 40-minute run to a good price market.
Bunleing drove the tuc-tuc, while Mommy and I rode in the back, speaking in sign language.Mommy and I "talked" about lotus leaves to wrap chicken, pigs on motorbikes and other things, all new to me.

Mommy and I "talked" about lotus leaves to wrap chicken, pigs on motorbikes and other things, all new to me.

The out of town market

The out of town market


We found chickens, roasting over charcoal and Mommy chose $50.00 worth. These were individually wrapped in large lotus leaves and put in a shopping bag. Ten chickens wrapped in lotus leaves please.

Ten chickens wrapped in lotus leaves please.

Chickens in the bag and Bunleing driving the tuc-tuc.

Chickens in the bag and Bunleing driving the tuc-tuc.

This little piggy went to market.

This little piggy went to market.

Now it was time to search for the fruit for everyone. Another market closer to town netted 2 large bags of longans (similar to lychees).

.Shopping is done. Two bags of longans

.Shopping is done. Two bags of longans

Mommy and the other ladies were pleased with the purchase. That evening everyone enjoyed roasted chicken and rice, and every child sat afterwards with a baggie full of the small plum-sized fruit, slowly eating and enjoying them. It was wonderful to have supper with all of them and to stay on for the performance. Supper at the picnic tables

Supper at the picnic tables

Longans - sweet and juicy

Longans - sweet and juicy

Some guests arrived to visit the orphanage and stay for the dancing, among them, the couple I had met from England plus a friend, Sarah. I had also told Jurgen, a guest at my hotel, and he was looking forward to the evening. I found one of the wonderfully capable older boys that my friends would love to be told about the orphanage, and he cheerfully obliged. This was the last night for me to enjoy the show. I sat with the children and soon had various little ones sitting on my lap. The dancing was the same super caliber as ever, with a new dance that I hadn’t seen before. My friends were really wowed with the children’s enthusiasm and talent, and were so happy that they had had a chance to enjoy this gem. I made my way to my waiting carriage- my bicycle, and was escorted by several of the children to the entrance.How could I have a favourite - they all are!

How could I have a favourite - they all are!


Another magical evening.

Posted by Sue McNicholas 11:11 Archived in Cambodia

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