Our last day in Cambodia! Where did the time go!
Today was spent getting nails done, doing some last minute shopping, eating lots of food and relaxing by the pool. Honestly what more could you want!
Debrief this morning focused on the ‘now what’, what happens when we get back home and how do we effectively convey what we have experienced over the past 3 weeks with our friends, church and family. We’ve all seen how much hardship so many ordinary Cambodians have been through but through that we have also seen incredible love. Love that provides homes, and safety, and consistency to children and people in need. This is something that will not be easy to convey to everyone back home as it’s not always something you see but something you feel but we hope that through the stories we tell and the photos we show you that you will be able to catch a glimpse of how we saw these incredible people of Cambodia.
For lunch we were treated to a very 'boujee' restaurant called ‘Madam Butterfly’ where the private room, extensive amount of cutlery and soup for starters made us all talk in near whispers and use formalities such as excusing ourselves from the table with a slight nod of the head. Nevertheless the food was delicious and throughout lunch both Jess and Rachel were able to share their testimonies.
Dinner was in a more relaxed outdoor setting which allowed conversation to resume as usual. Again the multiple courses of food made us feel like we were preparing for Christmas lunch, but I guess you’ve got to start somewhere. After dinner massages and a good rom-com rounded off an lovely relaxing time in Siem Reap.
While still in Kampong Thom we were all very sad about the prospect of going home and leaving this amazing country. However, debrief in Siem Reap has made us all remember all the little things that we are looking forward to having again; our own beds, showers we can stand under, Christmas, consistent vegetables and fruit, no more Lok Lak Beef the list goes on.
But our eagerness to now get home does not take away from what has been an absolutely amazing, eye opening, challenging, fun trip. Whether the friendships we’ve made on this trip last longer than Melbourne Airport or not does not matter because, it is the connection and shared experience together that made this trip so powerful and enjoyable to be on.
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