Light And Dark

by Brenna Holeman

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Because that’s what it was, Phnom Penh – a city of light and a city of darkness. A city of laughter on boardwalks, of smiling faces and helping hands, of bustling night markets and delicious (albeit expensive) food. A city of all this, yes, but also a city with a horrific history, one marred by the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. Thousands, if not millions, died by their hands, and the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng museum (pictured above) are absolute musts when visiting Phnom Penh; they are depressing spots, of course, but spots that are necessary to see in order to fully understand the country, the city, the people.

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Ali Banali May 31, 2011 - 11:11 am

Light & dark, so true. After all we cannot appreciate the light times with out a little darkness in our lives huh?!
Phnom Penh is one of my favourite cities – a shining example of how a country can pull itself round after such atrocities. Shame the rest of the world hasn’t taken note and done the same…
Beautiful photos by a beautiful friend.
Cannot wait to see you TOMORROW! XXX

This Battered Suitcase May 31, 2011 - 12:49 pm

Thank you Ali Banali, once again your words ring very true…

And I get to see you in TWELVE HOURS! I can’t wait xxxxx

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} May 31, 2011 - 7:14 pm

What a dark time in history. Reading about all they went through breaks my heart and brings chills to my spine. What’s even more riveting is the fact that people, even after they’ve been through so much, keep pressing on.

I’ll never understand our will to survive…it’s powerful stuff.

This Battered Suitcase June 4, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Thank you so much for your comment, Hannah. I agree…the will to survive is so very powerful!


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