11 June 2010

blessed in battambong [christo & erica visit cambodia]

last month we were so blessed to round off our visitor hat-trick with a fabulous visit with our dear friends christo & erica. we loved showing them a bit of our life here, a bit of cambodia, & most enjoyed our long conversations & philosophical musings with these old friends (over philosophical gin & tonics to relieve us from the crazy, crazy heat!).

[in battambong ridin' that bamboo train - in the middle of terrific storm no less. this memory is etched.]

[always safety first when traveling with the talstras. always.]

[*our tour guide, mr. tin tin, showed us around battambong - to a mountain temple, cambodia's only winery, ridiculously cool fruit bats, the ruins of an ancient temple, and a rice noodle enterprise out of a family's home. but i think we will all remember him best for the time he took to share with us the story of his family & what happend to them during the khmer rouge regime. his stories of watching his immediate family die, one by one, told through the eyes of 10-year old boy really moved us. & his story of resilience & strength as he rebuilt his life showed hope emerging from all that tragedy. if you've ever in battambong, mr. tin tin is highly recommended.]

[by the rivers of battambong]

[fun with cocoons, at the silk farm in siem reap]

[daniel + buddha]

[* yea, we got matching shirts & wore them on the same day]

*pictures by the de klerks


Chris and Christina said...

now if you were all wearing your cool matching shirts in the bridge photo it would have been perfect album cover shot!

Corners of My Life said...

I suppose there are a thousand stories just like mr. tin tin's, each as heartbreaking as the one before it. Impossible to even imagine . . .

Diana said...

I think it's your mom who is suppose to let me know when y'all get back to Cambodia. My brother is there.