Howdy Howdy folks!
It’s team leader Kenzie here with the daily dose! I’m here to give you the 411 on what’s been going on here in Cambodia with group ‘Stoke Level Ten’
Today was a wild ride… literally.
We started the morning off in the Elephant sanctuary waking up to the beautiful sunrise and a nice, hot cup of coffee (as if Cambodia isn’t hot enough!).
After brekky we ventured off to an open field in the middle of the jungle to tie orange cloths around the trees. These orange scarves are blessed by Buddhist monks and when tied around a tree, symbolize protection from the illegal logging industry. Once the trees are blessed, cutting these trees is sacrilege and comes with an eternity of bad luck. We do this to protect the forest from the harsh reality of the illegal logging industry. Deforestation due to the demand for lumber has increased ten fold in just the last ten years. It was an amazing experience to be able to be a part of actually saving these trees and we all had an absolute blast doing it!
We then headed back to the sanctuary to take a quick tour of the Monkey enclosure… but watch out.. these feisty little buggers love to tug on hair, cameras and Gamma’s shirt.
Our last feeding of the elephant proceeded the Money enclosure and we got to say our last goodbyes to Hit (our volunteer coordinator) and all of the other wonderful staff at the sanctuary. Then we loaded up the bus back to Siem Reap (ALL ABOARD)!
Back in the city we hopped into some tuk tuks (best and safest form of transport around) and were off to Route 66 which is a locals’ carnival! Wowie I’ve never seen so many pale faces in my life after the ‘cycle of doom’ ride (don’t worry mom and dad I am exaggerating the title). We then enjoyed a couple of balloon dart games and, of course, bumper cars!!
We then ended the day with some awesome possum ‘fried ice cream’ thats actually just ice cream in the shape of curly cues!
That’s all for now folks!
Until next time