Day 218

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Day 218… Homestay
We rise early to head out to the Killing Fields and Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 1,000 human skulls marks the site of these infamous Killing Fields. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng and standing in this peaceful setting it’s almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9000 corpses have been exhumed from the area. The really creepy part tho is the killing tree where babies and infants were smashed against it in front of thier mothers… and the fact that clothing and bones STILL TO THIS DAY literally float up in the wet season to be exposed. We saw quite a few and you literally are walking on the mass graves of the dead. Then we go over to the museum to not only explore but meet the remaining 2 survivors. After that and a lovely walk with the beautiful Joanne on my tour, we travel by private bus into rural Cambodia (approx 3 hrs).
Our homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday Cambodian life and in the evening we enjoy a traditional-style dinner. Facilities were basic with multishare with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets all provided. I personally slept on a balcony which was nice.

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