Friday, October 19, 2012

When in Mourning

A few days ago, Norodom Sihanouk (the former King of Cambodia and a major icon for Cambodian people) passed away at age 89. Shortly after receiving the news of his passing the country went into mourning that was to last one week. I knew about this of course, but it didn’t stop a fellow volunteer and I from going out and trying to enjoy our Friday night (we have been at school all week after all!) Well, we soon found out that when Cambodia is in mourning its nightlife comes to a screeching halt. Even on Pub Street, which is lined with restaurants, bars, clubs and is arguably the most lively street of Siem Reap, there was no music to be heard whatsoever. I don't mean that to sound insensitive, I’ve just never been in a country while it's "in mourning" and didn't really know what that would entail; I certainly didn't expect all music to stop playing! It's actually quite interesting to be here during such a major occurrence.

(P.S. The lack of music did not stop us from having a fun night out: We ended up at a bar playing drinking games and eating birthday cake with Chinese acrobats. Only while traveling I tell you!)

Sharing a bucket with new friends

2 comments:

Susan Zwick said...

Planning on posting any photos of your Friday night encounter with the celebrating Chinese acrobats?

amoureuse said...

The girl I was with took some, I'll see if I can get them from her!