Two days to boat race day...
03.11.2008 - 09.11.2008 32 °C
It's Sunday today, day 4 after Obama won the election, and tomorrow I'll head to Phnom Penh on the 7am bus to get there on time for the big day on Tuesday. It’ll be the first day of the Cambodian Water Festival and the year’s biggest event will take place – the boat race on the Mekong. We’ve been practicing a bit to get up to speed with the technique and the rhythm but never all of us together because it wasn't really possible to get all of us volunteers from the provinces to Phnom Penh at the same time. So maybe we’re gonna do some ‘dry practice’ before we start…just to make sure we don’t knock each other out with the paddles.
I now got a few photos from one of the practice sessions where I took part, see below. Can you tell from my face how hard it was???? ;-) And a big, big thanks to all of you who are supporting us in the race. OKUN CHERAN TEANG OH K’NEA!
There’ll surely be some great pictures after the race and I’ll post a new article as soon as I get back.
Keep your fingers crossed for the foreigner boat! It'll be a long series of one to one races (500 boats in total) the winners are going on to the next round. There really is no chance of winning our first race for us due to the major lack of skills compared to the Khmer guys, so the ambition is more no to get overtaken by more than 2 races that start after us. It's about participating, a bit like the with the olympics...