We spent these two days visiting temples, particularly the famous Angkor Wat, built by King Suryavarman II in Yasodharapura tha capital of the Khmer Empire. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. Filippo is a little bit worried because of the many steps he has to climb with all his equipment!!!
We later visited the pediatric hospital Kantha Bopha in Siem Reap, where every saturday night around 7pm there’s a free cello concert. Fun fact is that the musician who plays the cello is a pediatrician, who gave life to the free hospitals for childrens in Cambodia and a sworn enemy of the pharmaceutical business that is controlling the health system all around the world. At the end of his performances he invites people to donate money or blood. His concerts are charity events to build more hospitals all around the country, such as those in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We’ll go there tomorrow.
You can check his work here: www.beatocello.com
Later we went to the Silk institute in ANGKOR. You must know that the cambodian larvae produces a specific kind of yellow silk that you can only find in here. The cocoon is made of two half: the first one produces a low quality silk, the other a high quality silk. Craftspeople cook the cocoon in two steps: 80° water with a fork and 60° water with a machinary, so the coccon is “sterilized”. A small amount of cocoons is used for breeding. Craftspeople, women only, use plastic stripes to make colourful shaped fabrics.
It was timeto learn a bit of cambodian history so we decided to go to the War Museum and to talk to a veteran (who lost a leg). He didn’t tell us his name due to political reasons.
We were starvig so we went to the BUGS CAFE where we spoke to the co-founder of the place, but most of all we ate BUGS!! Of course Filippo tried every living, well dead in this case, bug. We are not talking about streetfood but haute cuisine. Of all the bugs Filippo tried, he said that the most delicious was the tarantula!!! o.O