I cannot appropriately address my visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison/Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. However, I will note that I had a chance opportunity to meet a survivor of the S-21 prison, of which there were only 7 (of 21,000 prisoners). His name is Mr. Bou Meng and learning his story helped me better understand what happened during the Khmer Rouge regime and the subsequent years of civil war.
One of the most inspirational aspects of Phnom Penh is the number of nonprofit organizations working to rehabilitate the city. One such organization is Friends International, which runs a number of social enterprises including several restaurants that train former street children. I had dinner one evening at Romdeng, located in the gardens of a french villa, which specializes in Cambodian cuisine – including crispy, deep-friend tarantula with garlic-lime dipping sauce – yum!