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A weekend in Cambodia

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This chubby ethnic Chinese kid in the market with his yoyo cracked me up. Looks like he'll need a new outfit pretty soon.

On a sunset cruise with some of the local NGO community. My grad school has promised me that one day I, too, will get paid to work in Southeast Asia!

This little naked kid was running around the bus to Kompong Chhnang hitting people and eating their snacks.

In Southeast Asia there is no division between the beautiful and the offensive. The hanging meat section of the market is right beside the precious gems emporium.

This palm tree is good for oil, sugar, and wine. Each of the hundreds of trees in this orchard has a precarious bamboo ladder snaking 40-50 feet to its top.

My moto driver took me to a floating village on the Mekong where ethnic Vietnamese people live on boats. They can't own houses or go to school, but they can fish and trade. These girls run a coffee shop on their family's boat using great coffee from Vietnam.

An old temple with an ancient monk and nuns meditating. The younger monks don't meditate, they study English early in the morning instead.

Far fron Phnom Penh I finally saw my favorite color: rice paddy green. People in this area have it pretty good: they can irrigate their fields and ship the crops to the city for sale.

A nice old colonial governor's mansion, totally unused today. Tourism is new to rural Cambodia outside of Siem Riep, and this will probably be a hotel one day.

An admin building built by Pol Pot. My moto driver's parents died under the Khmer Rouge and he joined the army to fight them. Now he lives among them and says it's time to forgive and move on.

I almost never saw oxcarts in Thailand. They've been replaced by motorized tillers and motorcycles. Note that the cart in front has wooden wheels and the one in back has tires.

If you look carefully you'll see a tractor in this picture. That's a rare sight in Cambodia, where so much land is under-developed and little is being done about it for lack of investment.