Our Day Off - Day 6
Every morning I wake up to silence. What I mean by that is, my roommate Taylor Wilkerson, has put me on to sleeping to “White Noise” (an app that plays sounds of your choice while you are sleeping). So far during this trip, we go to sleep listening to the ocean waves and when the sound turns off and silence occurs, we wake up! The first night I literally thought this idea was insane. However, it most certainly works. As soon as noise stops we are UP! Apparently this is a thing and I am super behind on it.
At breakfast we ate really fast because we had to be back in the city by 10:30AM for church. Traffic is so bad here that it took us about 3 hours to get there. Service started off with their team leading us in worship. Then they went onto introducing our team and allowing Pastor Linda to preach a message. Pura Ramous, who is on the worship team at our church led one song (Broken Vessels) right before Pastor Linda’s inspiring message on “Making Room for A Miracle.” Her message put so much of our trip into perspective.
After Church, we went across the street to have an amazing lunch at Mike’s Burgers. It’s an American owned diner with burgers, fries, milkshakes, and more. When you are eating the same food for 6 days straight one nice American meal can really go a long way. Once lunch was over, we headed on down to the local malls to do some shopping and then made our way to the Russian market. The Russian market was like their version of chinatown. I was able to get some cool things from there that I’m excited to bring back with me.
Later in the day, we visited the S-21 Prison museum. For those that don’t know back in 1975, Cambodia’s government was overthrown and it became a communist monarchy. Millions were killed and kicked out of the city of Phenom Phenn. The first class of people who were targeted were the educated. Babies, children, doctors, lawyers, moms and dads - basically everyone who was not in the new chain of power was tortured and killed. They would first put you in, what was once a Highschool, the S-21 prison and dehumanized everyone. Then they would take you to the killing fields and kill you. The killing fields was a few miles from the prison. While visiting the prison we got to see how real this really was. You can read about it or google it all day but until you stand in the actual place where these people’s last days were spent, you will really never understand such a genocide. Generations of culture and family were erased. Since then, this city has done a great job in rebuilding everything that was taken and destroyed. It’s still a work in progress everyday here in Cambodia.
For dinner we went to a restaurant that our interpreter, Kimmy, recommended us. I ordered some pad thai with shrimp that was so delicious. As I finished eating, I looked down to the right of my leg and I kid you not there was the biggest black rat I have ever seen in my life. I screamed so loud, like a girl, and jumped out of my chair. Everyone laughed and didn’t understand until they saw that big guy run under the table. It was a frenzy! All the sudden the food I ate didn’t seem so delicious anymore. I wanted out of that restaurant as soon as we could leave.
After a long day in the city, we drove all the way back to our hotel in Takeo Provence. The drive was about an hour and a half because traffic wasn’t that bad. When we arrived the hotel I got of the van and I began to notice that I had chills running up my entire body. Now, I know my own body and just know that this is the sign of a what could be a fever. I am currently writing this journal from the toilet. I pray that I didn’t eat anything bad or better yet catch any crazy sickness. In just a few I will walk on over to the nurses two doors down from me and have them check me out. Till then, I’ll keep you posted!
Good Night from Cambodia and Good Morning America.