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Short update from Battambang

rain 28 °C


Just a quick note to say hello again! It has been another busy month or two at work and I haven’t found the time to write more. We’ve mainly done training sessions for our NGO staff to better get into the value chain mapping we’re doing. Sometimes with all of them in large groups but last week also 1,5 days individual small group sessions with each of the 3. And boy, that was hard work but good and useful. People begin to understand how to analyse the data they collected now, which is a completely new area of work for them. Abstract and critical thinking and drawing conclusions is something, field staff is not trained to do and find very difficult – at the beginning even impossible. It will still take much longer to help them on the right track and finally some projects on the ground but if we’d rush it now, they wouldn’t be able to grasp it really and repeat the process on their own after we leave.

But today is my last day in the office here before going off to Thailand for a week. The plan is to visit the island closest to here (because I’m dying for a cool swim!!!) called Koh Chang (this place is actually faster to get to than any of the Cambodian coast from where we are) for a few days with another volunteer and then I’ll travel to Bangkok for another 3 days and meet up with other friends over there. Everybody is travelling because another 3-day bank holiday is coming up next week (‘festival for the dead’…) where people go to the pagodas very early in the mornings for 2 weeks and throw cooked sticky rice balls… another interesting custom…

Weatherwise the rainy season has definitely arrived now. Last weekend was ok but the 2-3 weeks before it did rain a lot. Not all the time and not always at the same time each day but sometimes we had massive downpours for a few hours, sometimes it was drizzling for almost the whole day. The latter are the worse cause slight rain and overcast skies all day make it feel just like in northern Europe... just a bit warmer. The road outside my house got extremely muddy at times and my bike is completely covered in mud crust most of the time (I do clean it sometimes though but that only lasts for a day or so...). But from mid-October onwards it should turn to dry weather again.

Anyway, I’ve been on a few cycle trips over the weekends around BTB, a Khmer cooking class and a circus workshop. See pics below.
Will write again when I get back from Thailand – with some new impressions and stories from across the border (people say it really is like coming into a different world there – proper roads, etc.) Let’s see…

Take care,

Photo: Rice harvest just outside Battambang

Photo: Some kids out in a village who got extremely excited seeing a foreigner on a bike...

Photo: Getting ready at the cooking class ... check the name of the place...

Photo: With the smoking pots in front of us... me, opposite Esther and Ginny (2 other vols), and a German tourist next to me

Photo: Workshop at the circus school in Battambang last Sunday

Photo: Poor juggling attempt...

Posted by Brizie 02:23 Archived in Cambodia

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