Entrevista con Mitch St. Pierre en Siem Reap, Camboya.

Si te interesa saber dónde alojarte en Siem Reap si viajas en silla de ruedas a un precio asequible, te recomiendo que leas este post.

Durante nuestra última semana en Siem Reap entrevistamos a nuestro amigo Mitch St. Pierre, un canadiense que actualmente es uno de los dueños del hotel Lotus Lodge.

Una de las razones por que destacamos este hotel tiene que ver con Mitch y su visión. Él vive en Siem Reap, en su hotel y va en silla de ruedas. Un punto bastante importante a tener en cuenta es que hay poco sitios adaptados a personas con movilidad reducida y menos todavia en Siem Reap. Incluso, muchos hoteles de lujo, no cuentan con una mínima infraestructura adaptada para este fin.

Para más información sobre el hotel, y sus actividades, o para saber más acerca de Mitch, puedes ver los siguientes enlaces:

http://www.lotus-lodge.com/</a

http://ancientadventurescambodia.com/blog/

http://www.mitchstpierre.com/

En esta página encontrarás el enlace para ver su documental sobre el tren de Bambú en Battambang, Camboya:

http://vimeo.com/24434721

Y si buscas su nombre en youtube, encontrarás un montón de videos, !esperamos que lo disfrutes!

Tuk tuk anyone?

Going by different names in different regions of this beautiful world, tuk tuks (also spelled tuk-tuk with hyphen) are one of the more common forms of public transportation you will find. Anyone who has been to places such as Cambodia, India or Thailand (among other countries) are probably very familiar with the tuk tuk.

It really is a novel & fun way to travel about, but there are scams & drivers (who for whatever reason) are not the nicest people you will find. In one instance, we witnessed a Chinese tourist pay a driver $35 (USD) for a fare that should have been about two or three dollars. I decided to engage in a social experiment & asked him for a ride. The second he realized I was a local ex-pat as opposed to a clueless tourist, he told me to look for someone else. Most tuk tuk drivers who work for a hotel or guesthouse, only receive a little bit of the money you are paying them.

Nevertheless, there are a number of tuk tuk drivers that are really lovely people – just trying to do the right thing. In this short video, we present our good friend Souy – a truly kind, energetic & responsible tuk-tuk driver. He is by no means the only one out there, but if your trip to Siem Reap is just a few days or weeks long, it would be difficult to get a good idea of where to find a driver who sees people and not dollar bills.

Baile de inaguración del día de los deportes en WIS, Siem Reap.

Así empezamos, a las ocho de la mañana, las celebraciones del día de los deportes 2014, bailando estudiantes y profesores la canción de “Surfin’ U.S.A.”

WIS son las siglas del último colegio privado donde trabajé, Western International School.

Aquí va otro de los vídeos cortos sobre la jornada deportiva.

Empezamos con la competición de bailes. El siguiente video muestra el baile de mi equipo azul, ya verás, jajaja

Cambodian Dance Moves

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El pasado viernes 23 de mayo del 2014. Celebramos el día del deporte en Western International School. No me preguntes porqué celebramos este día si no existe la asignatura de gimnasia.

Lo titulé “Cambodian Dance Moves” un poco de cachondeo en parte porque en el país de los ciegos el tuerto es el rey, y aquí soy tremenda bailarina, jajajaja. Viendo estos niños bailar te llena de alegría, y de risas al mismo tiempo.

La cuestión es que ninguno de mis estudiantes participó en los bailes o juegos. El colegio les dio ese día libre.

Previamente, habíamos sorteado los grupos entre profesores y alumnos. A mi, me tocó monitorizar al equipo azul. El día de evento, los estudiantes estaban muy contentos y nerviosos.

He estado trabajando en esta escuela casi un año. La experiencia ha sido distinta al anterior colegio, pero esto os lo contaré más adelante.

Empezamos con la competición de bailes. El siguiente vídeo muestra el baile de mi equipo azul, ya verás, jajaja.

In the Footsteps of the Early Angkorians

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Hello everyone,

The following video deals with the first capital city of the Angkorian empire. Historians usually date the great era of Khmer building from the time when this city was established as the capital. More specifically, our mini-documentary deals with the three main temples of the city of Hariharalaya.

These ruins are representative of 9th Century Khmer architecture and building techniques. They have generally been seen as the start of a great Angkorian building program that would last centuries. We decided to start here first because so many people know about Angkor Wat, but few know about all the other ruins that exist in this region. The three temples we explore in the video (Bakong, Lolei & Preah Ko) being the most prominent of well over a dozen such ruins scattered throughout the immediate area. Overall, there are hundreds of examples in a 30 kilometer radius around Siem Reap town.

We filmed at these three temples in the course of one afternoon, during the low tourist season. The heat that day was oppressive, which only helped keep most sane folks away. As a result, we pretty much had the run of the place. However, walking and filming around these World Heritage Sites in such grueling heat is not for the faint of heart. Breaks were common and staying very hydrated a must.

These temples are known as the Rolous Group of ruins (named after the nearby town and river). They are located about 13 kilometers east – southeast of Siem Reap. The ride to the site is quite scenic with paddies, water buffaloes and cows dotting the landscape. If ever vacationing in Cambodia, strongly suggest this site in addition to all the great Angkorian ruins, such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm.

Rainy Season has arrived.

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Here we are in Siem Reap city. This short film was shot to show you the seasonal rains of Cambodia while were running errands!

We were by the river when the rain started. After such hot weather it was nice to get a little wet and feel the fresh air that the rains brought. However, we didn’t want to get soaked. Luckily the 7th Cavalry came in the form of a friendly tuk-tuk driver!

License to Coffee (Licencia para café)

During the Khmer New Year celebrations we began our freshman attempt filming with our iPad camera. We began our recording at the ruins of the Temples of Angkor.

Here we are at the main entrance of Angkor Wat. Dawn broke ten minutes earlier. We are going to one of the reflecting pools (the Lotus Pond) to watch the sun rising. We briefly met one of the guys who will inevitably stop you to at the sandstone causeway entrance inviting you to his stall for breakfast.

Durante las celebraciones del año nuevo jemer empezamos a hacer nuestros pinitos con la cámara del iPad. Empezamos a grabar en las ruinas de los templos de Angkor.

Aquí estamos en la entrada principal del Templo de Angkor Wat. Hace diez minutos que ha empezado a amanecer. Nos dirigimos a uno de los dos estanques de lotus para terminar de ver salir el sol. Nos encontramos con uno de los muchachos que saldrá a tu paso para que vayas a su chiringuito a desayunar.