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New Friends/Cambodian Markets

Today I walked the streets and tackled the markets with Torri and Jose. Jose was born in Cuba and moved to Chicago to work as a photographer for the Chicago Tribune and raise his family. Torri his 23 year old daughter lives in Bloomington, Illinois as a freegan, a glorified term for a dumpster diver. After writing her college thesis on the social interaction of freegans, for the past two years Torri has spends three hours every Sunday evening collecting food for the week with her fellow freegans. Although on the surface one would think that I have nothing in common with Jose and Torri, we formed a unique bond in the dead heat of the Cambodian markets. I have never been so uncomfortably hot in my entire life. It was the kinda heat that makes you feel constantly dirty, even makes you itchy. Lost in the maze of knockoff Northface backpacks and Cambodian silks Torri, Jose and I became close travel companions. Although, we were all ecstatic to find the exit and return to Allie’s air conditioned apartment for a cold shower.

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For sunset, I went with a couple of people that I met at the Ted conference on a boat ride to this little fishermen’s little village that has this amazing little bungalow bar right off the water. Over a bottle of wine and an antipasto dish, we watched a spectacular fuchsia colored lightning storm. It was one of those moments where everything was perfect…

Bungalow Bar

Bungalow Bar

The Street of Phnom Penh

The Street of Phnom Penh

Posted by TripleHearts 17:02 Archived in Cambodia

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