We are really excited about this upcoming weekend. First of all, the annual Buy Cambodian Products craft fair is on here in Siem Reap. This is a show of real Cambodian artisans, not the 'Made in China/India' crap they try to pass off at the markets here as Cambodian. So, just as we did last year, we will be looking to spend our money there on authentic goods. Don't get me wrong, I do buy some things at the market (made in China, etc) just because I know I can get a good deal on them, and because I like them. I got myself a lovely colourful pashmina for $3 (fake, probably rayon, but who cares?) and a cool cotton long-sleeve shirt (made in India probably) for $5. In the market, I set my price, then walk away. They always come down. :)))
On Sunday, we are going to Preah Vihear, a temple that is right on the Cambodia/Thai border. It has only been opened up as a UNESCO site for a few years, and even recently there have been disputes over this little plot of land. We will be sure to keep our heads low, but if you see reports on CNN of two grey-haired people being led away in handcuffs, contact the embassy!
|Chandy and Yan|