so i’m in Cambodia right now shooting for the Vann Molyvann Project, named somewhat generically after the modern Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann whose works they are extensively documenting.
Vann designed dozens of buildings and monuments during Cambodia’s “hippie paradise” era which took place after they were granted independence from France until the Khmer Rouge came in and ballsed everything up. unfortunately, no comprehensive record of his works exists so when one of his buildings or monuments is demolished to make way for a new housing development or highway overpass, it may very well be lost forever.
case in point, above left is a photo of the first monument that Vann Molyvann designed in Phnom Penh taken during the 1960s while the photo on the right is one that i took just a few hours ago. the kicker? they started demolishing it just yesterday. YESTERDAY!
well, i’m in Phnom Penh right now. i arrived just a few hours ago and i’m already starting to feel strangely at home here. i’ve narrowed down the causes to the friendly locals and their familiar Asian faces and me being delirious from lack of sleep.
so i finally got to Hong Kong almost exactly 24 hours after i was dropped off at O’Hare. there was a mechanical problem with the plane at Chicago and the mechanics spent a couple of hours fixing things only to have the pilot refuse to fly it. so instead of leaving at 12:22pm as was scheduled, we took off from Chicago at precisely 6:03pm.
on the plus side, everyone got an apology letter from the airline as well as a voucher of yet unknown value. let’s hope it’s for six hours of my life back.
i’m probably still on the plane right now somewhere over Siberia. i say “probably” because i’m pre-posting this since i won’t have internet access on the airplane.
ooh, i’m probably drinking ginger ale right now and will probably be going to the bathroom soon. the floor will probably be sticky and the “WHOOSH” of the toilet will probably be louder than i expect. the food is probably terrible and the seats massively uncomfortable. also, a baby is probably screaming.
heading to Hong Kong for a few days to smash some skulls and then i’m on my way to Cambodia.
i had my last bit of Mexican food for a while tonight because i’m leaving the country tomorrow for a place that doesn’t have very much Mexican food. sigh.
i listened to a song by a group called “Fever Ray” today and it made me want to vomit.
is that normal?
i went back to one of my old apartments the other day and found it pretty much how i had left it, the only difference being that the front door was left wide open (as opposed to it being closed but with the door windows smashed in). it’s still as shoddy and dirty as the day i moved out but, amazingly, there’s even more garbage laying around now.
killing cockroaches was a daily activity at this place and so was sleeping on the floor because i didn’t own a bed. also, my window faced the building next door across a meter-wide alley and let in as much light as a medieval dungeon so conditions weren’t exactly cheerful.
but whatever. onward and upward, eh?
Beka’s mom bought me my first ever bottle of cologne today. weird, eh?
all i can think of right now is gorging myself on a full English breakfast. man, am i hungry.