A Day of Contrast

Three things were on the itinerary for this day.  One would prove pretty innocuous, the other two…. harrowing–to borrow the word from one of the other trip participants.


These are some of the buildings that make up the Royal Compound.  I found the architecture quite beautiful.  Sadly, some of the garden was slabbed over to save money.  It created quite the heat sink.

Next we visited the killing fields, the genocide museum, and prison 21.  It was a difficult….gut wrenching….deeply disturbing part of the itinerary.  It was definitely important to go there, but I nearly broke down and cried.  I would like to write about it, but I am still processing my thoughts.  Also, typing on a phone makes it hard to get my thoughts out.

They allowed us to take pictures, but I couldn’t.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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1 Response to A Day of Contrast

  1. I understand, indeed, your response to the killing fields/prison. I had a very very powerful response when I visited Dachau (Germany). I stayed a very long time, meticulously studying and looking over its stories captured in the photos and writings, the grounds, bunkers. Some 30+ years have since passed, my travels have expanded tremendously, yet Dachau, and my emotional experiences, remain singular in memory and effect.

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