Days 1 – 2 – 3 : Tears on Saigon…

June 8, 2016 by Gregory Herpe

Barcelona, Doha, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh …

Spain, Qatar, Vietnam, and finally, Cambodia …

Thoughts, feelings…

The journey was long, exhausting, yet full of positive energy that is felt at the start of a human adventure, as we know in advance, so many emotions.

What a funny place, Doha, Qatar … Outrageous, dull by day, Illuminant at the nightfall.

The international airport says it all: this is a museum of contemporary art with astonishing monumental works from, Urs Fischer (Lamp / Bear: a giant yellow bear, with a lampshade on his head) and alongside street art from, eL Seed.


Ho Chi Min, Vietnam … The former Saigon seems to weep upon my arrival … A rain, thin and bland, endlessly falls …We land at the same time “3 Women” of Jack White ends. Which I listen in loop for some time..

IMAG0792 (Ho Chi Min, Vietnam, from the hatch that overlooks the world)


Finally, I put a foot on Cambodian soil; Phnom Penh.

Another world…

Looking around me, I already know I will live a beautiful adventure in a world apart …

The storm thunders, rain falls in flood. A taxi takes me to Villa Lanka where Tina Kieffer expects me before joining Happy Chandara, the school and its students.

Freewheeling all over the place, against the grain, in contrary to common sense, and emotions are upside down.

Phnom Penh is the city of motobikes. Sometimes, at four, I see them riding their frail mechanics.

DSC_0487 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia, view from the taxi, quickly, by passing)

Rain falls. A rainbow cleaves the clouds while we head towards Happy Chandara.

A good omen.

The arrival at school? It’s late, night falls now, but the kids smiles brighten everything.

Amical diner with Tina, volunteers, some teachers, and girls who laugh while eating rice on mats directly on the floor.

Tomorrow I will warm up my Nikon …


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