Adventures in Cambodia

by Nina Joan

Here are some of my adventures in Cambodia (for this post…just getting to Singapore)

The journey began one very early morning at Brisbane International airport and patiently waiting in great anticipation to board the plane and start the adventure. Walking though the airport I unexpectedly met a woman who I had studied with at college, while we studied different courses in the same college we graduated in the same year together. I had not seen her since then and it had been over a year and a half. She is a social worker going to India for three months to work with the poor in the slums and she hoped to move permanently in the future.

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View from the plane.

We embarked on the first leg of our journey to Singapore and flew west across Australia. If you have never seen Australia it is a vast country and seeing the Australian landscape from above gives you are great perspective. It took a few hours to fly over Australia and the sights were a hot, barren land. There were some beautiful sights coming over the north-western parts of Western Australia with islands and inlets carving the beautiful edge of the Australian coast. Past the coast we flew passed Indonesia and saw mountain tops reaching through the clouds and billowing smoke erupting from a volcano. After seven hours I was finally tired of being on the plane and could not wait to get off, for it was only a short flight from Singapore to Phnom Penh and the anticipation of arriving was getting quite exciting.

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The Storm we were about to fly into ..

Looking out of my window on the plane as we approached Singapore I noticed a large gathering of clouds and it looked like we were heading straight into the storm. The bright sunshine we had been enjoying on our trip began to darken as we flew straight into the middle of the clouds. Lightning flashed in the dark and rain began to hit plane as we began our descent. As we braced  for a rather turbulent landing and just seconds away from landing the plane accelerated abruptly, aborted the landing and took off. Aborted landing! That was certainly something I was not expecting. We circled around Singapore for another 45 minutes before landing safely. It was quite a scary experience but I was happy to land safely and be late than not land safely at all. As a result of the plan being late we were forced to miss our connecting flight to Phnom Penh and stayed the night in Singapore. My Cambodian adventures would have to start tomorrow….

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