Tasha headed to Singapore for the week on Sunday, so I was all by myself for the week. It was just as well that she was away because I was in the provinces all week.
On Monday morning, I headed to Kandal and Takeo province with Monorom, the national sales manager of Lors Thmey.
I couldn’t resist taking a video of the rice fields. I will miss them when we leave Cambodia.
In the bathroom of the place we stopped for breakfast, there were spiders nicely lit by a crack in the latrine roof.
In Kandal, we visited a cucumber farm’s plot.
After visiting a few places in Kandal, we arrived at our hotel in Takeo in the early afternoon. I took a nice walk just before dinner. I made it up to the roof of the hotel (the doors were open, I didn’t climb anything) and took some pictures of town.
Monorom and I had dinner with 8 staff members from the Takeo branch of Lors Thmey. It was a very fun dinner. I took a pocket video of it.
On Tuesday, we got up and headed to the solar pump. The pump is still working despite some issues we have had with it, and the farmer has begun the harvest. The video below shows the cucumber field. It is a little less than 0.5 an arce in size.
After visiting the field, we went to my “favorite” restaurant and had one final serving of the cow brains, lungs, stomach, and blood soup. Yum. Then, we headed back to Phnom Penh.
On Wednesday, I had lunch with the head of the human-centered design division of iDE Cambodia. It was a really great conversation. I wish I would have met with her earlier because it seems like they do really interesting work. In the afternoon, Sovanntha, Kimsan, the COO of Lors Thmey, and I headed to Prey Veng province to see the other solar pump.
On Thursday morning, we got up and headed to the farm.
Then, if I hadn’t been in the field enough, on Friday I went back to an eastern disctrict of Prey Veng. One of the members of the Takeo branch of Lors Thmey was getting married on Friday, and I was invited to the reception, so I tagged along with Sovanntha, Monorom, and Apreak, the branch manager of Kandal and Prey Veng. They were gathering local farmers to show them a demonstration project. Lors Thmey is trying to gain customers in this village and so are using the demonstration project to show farmers how to grow cucumbers.
After sitting with the farmers and employees of Lors Thmey, I decided to take another walk around the fields in the backyard.
I took two panoramas in the field for a 360 degree view.
Sadly, none of the farmers showed up for the demonstration of the cucumber field. We headed into Krong Prey Veng for lunch and then started driving to Svay Rieng for the wedding.
On the way, I couldn’t resist taking another video of the rice fields. :)
I took a video of the dinner.
After the wedding, we headed back to Phnom Penh that night.
Saturday was a lower key day. I got some work done and then wandered around the city a bit taking pictures.
Tasha came back from Singapore on Saturday evening. We had dinner at home and a lower key day on Sunday. It’s crazy to think that we are almost done with our time in Cambodia!
Next week, I will be in the office trying to wrap up my reports and finishing an article on mini-grids in southeast Asia. Then Tasha and I head off to Siem Reap to see the ruins of the Angkor empire.