• THREE TIMES NEW YEAR
  • THREE TIMES NEW YEAR
  • THREE TIMES NEW YEAR
  • THREE TIMES NEW YEAR
  • THREE TIMES NEW YEAR
  • THREE TIMES NEW YEAR

THREE TIMES NEW YEAR

This year I have already lived New Year three times. First, January 1st, when I was still back in Spain, the normal new year, as most countries in the world. Then, February 1st, the Chinese New Year, the day we started cycling with our project. I remember that night we slept in a pagoda. The monks were up and down, as if they were on holidays, because China has a strong influence in Cambodia. Last, the second week of April, from13th to 15th, is the Khmer New Year. Three times, oh my gosh! Everything is closed due to the holidays. Only in the downtown, in the market they still sell fruits and other things and there you can see a bit of movement. I was riding my bicycle when suddenly threw a bucket of water at me, welcoming me into the New Year. I thought about my bag… the cameras! My stuff! But everything was all right. I kept on riding; some shops had the door halfopened and Icould see the had set tables with food and traditional golden ornaments. Then I went to the bamboo bridge; there were lots of people celebrating on the beach. Everything was stained in white, cars, motorbikes and people. I had no idea of what was going on until I reached Koh Paen, the island, and some people came to me throwing water and talc powder. I didn’t know what it was about before, but I do ow, it is their way of celebrating New Year. All the youth was prepared with water and talc powder to throw them at each other to celebrate. It was a different and very nice experience.
 

Date: April 15 Skills: ISL - LSE, ON WHEELS, the route

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