Ahhh, our long awaited yearly family trip starting in 2011 and continuining in 2012 somehow managed to bypass 2013, the year flew by and before we knew it, 2014 was creeping up on us and our thoughts and discussions the previous year never transpired into reality, BUT at the start of 2014 we were on the ball!!
Locking in Valentines Day, Feburary 14th, the very day in 1998 a certain Mr. Wayne Dale Matthysse decided to make Cambodia his home, although at the time, he thought it would most likely be a temporary one. Of course, myself and the hundreds of Cambodian children who’s life he has touched are happy his plans changed!
The past trips to Rabbit Island, although fun and enjoyable, were expensive and time consuming. The main attraction whilst planning an alternative destination was the elimination of renting (and negotiating price of said renting) six large boats for the 45 minute ride to the island. We looked into a beach visit on the main shore and decided upon Kep after hearing that the city has renovated much of their rocky beach front into sand filled wonderlands – perfect for 50+ over-active children to run and swim to their hearts content.
The day started out as usual with the children up and ready by 5:00 even though the night before they were so wound up the dorms were not quiet until after 23:00. We made time and financial changes such as the children had breakfast at Wat Opot instead of eating on the road like we did previously and instead of purchasing loads of fried chicken, our kitchen staff prepared 22 chickens, and enough rice and sauce for everyone the day before.
Since this year we decided to limit the trip to only those living at Wat Opot (instead of our older and former residents) 2 large mini buses held us comfortably.
Once there, we settled into our ‘lounge area’
and then got down to business. Beach time, Sand and FUN!!!
With the occasional living creature hunt,
New “Natural” jewelry additions to Winnie’s Boutique,
and of course the FB profile shots!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how invaluable those who make our day-to-day life more interesting. The trials and tribulations of raising 50+ plus children and young adults takes a community effort and our staff and many volunteers are a part of this process. This trip went smoothly and was made possible not only because of our preparation work starting the week before but because of the (paid and paying) people who are in our lives. The priceless smiles are not only reserved for the young, but also the young at heart!
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