Over the bridge

February 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm 1 comment

I met Noel a few days ago when I was riding to lakeside to meet a friend. It was late and there was traffic, mostly young people and students going out or going home. Noel was driving in the same direction as me, zooming past me now and again as my bike (my taxi) caught up to him. At the red lights (we were driving along Monivong, one of the few streets in Phnom Penh where the trend is to stop and wait for the light to change) we smiled at each other, a symbol of recognition.

Although many foreigners who live in Phnom Penh do drive their own bikes, it’s not a common site. Some (like me) take moto-taxis, but even seeing foreigners as passengers on a moto is less common of a site than seeing them inside tuk-tuks. Personally, I hate tuk-tuks, I find them slow, noisy and reeking of exhaust.

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Crossing the Japanese friendship bridge... Notice the building being built on the top left.

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Noel shares his passion for music with children here by playing his violin in the orphanages. Throughout his repertoire, which is mostly improvised, he encourages children to try out the instrument.

We visited one of the orphanages today. It was in high contrast to the one maintained by The Sharing Foundation. Some of the buildings were in horrid condition, although with a cleanup and some maintenance they could be rendered acceptable (although by American standards they would still be in violation of health and building codes). The walls outside the children’s sleeping area were full of murals and the walls throughout the buildings were painted with bright (albeit soiled) hues of orange, green and blue. Of the 100 children who live at this orphanage most were in school. The few who were home came to listen….

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. dina  |  March 1, 2009 at 5:11 am

    It is Noel on the pictures?
    I like him :)

    Reply

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