There is no way to see the real face of Cambodia overlooking its tortured past imposed by the 1975-1978 Khmer Rouge regime; even if there is, it is probably the wrong way. Tuol Sleng prison (S-21) and Phnom Penh’s killing fields (Choeung Ek Genocidal Center) stand as the eternal witnesses of a genocide that cost the lives of more than two million people.
A visit to the floating villages of the Tonle Sap lake is one of the most humbling experiences you can have in Cambodia. When I found out about them, I knew I had to find the right guide for this, a guide who wouldn’t treat these communities as human zoos, where you go in and Read more
Apsara dance is one of the cultural elements of Cambodia no one should miss. According to the Hindu mythology, Apsaras were beautiful female creatures that descended from heaven to entertain Gods and Kings with their dance. Their name means “celestial dancers” in ancient Sanskrit. Legend has it that they were born from the Churning of the Ocean of Milk and thus, they are messengers of peace between Kings on earth and Gods in heaven.
We were not really planning this trip. Air China arranged it for us by rescheduling our flight to Phnom Penh for the next day. Thankfully, this was a month before departure, so Dora and I had plenty of time to check what we could do for one day in Beijing. One day is not enough Read more
There are four main ingredients in Khmer food: rice, fish, prahok, and kroeung – the last two being unique to this mouth watering and tasteful cuisine. Below you can read just some of the foods you should try in Cambodia. Rice is not only present in every Cambodian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is also Read more
Yesterday, I attended with some friends the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. It is the oldest ongoing ceremony in the world, carried out, without fail, for nearly 750 years.
The Ceremony lasts only for seven minutes, commencing at exactly 9.53 pm. Escorted by Foot Guards, the Chief Yeoman Warder (who must have served in the armed forces for more than 20 years) locks first the Middle Tower Gate (39) and then the Byward Tower Gate (38). Once locked, none of the gates can be opened from the outside, even if someone had acquired a set of the Keys.
There are many reasons to go to Paris. One of them is to stroll around Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This is the beloved neighbourhood of many writers, artists, and intellectuals of the past centuries: Voltaire, Rousseau, Marquis de Sade, Hugo, Hemingway, Ionesco, Joyce, Miller, Kerouac, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Picasso, and Brecht. Are you dizzy yet? I have Read more
The Jarawa are one of the indigenous people of the Andaman Islands in India and their population is estimated in between 250 and 400. They are considered the purest genetic stock of the earliest humans known to have inhabited these islands, as they migrated from Africa over 60,000 years ago. This makes them one of our few remaining living links to the ancestors of the human race.
One visit to London’s Imperial War Museum is far from enough. I spent there four hours today and I only managed to see a small fraction of its collections. Here are the five exhibits I found most interesting:
As of today, I’ve been living in the UK for 5 years. 60 months. 1,826 days. Did I make each one of them worth it? No. But I did make enough of them.
I don’t intend to write a full retrospection, like I did in my three year anniversary. I just want to write down a few thoughts, scattered and perhaps not that meaningful.