"Special Times In Cambodia - Rada Toch" Top 5 Page for this destination Phnom Penh Travelogue by Cathy&Gary

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Rada was Gary's interpreter in Cambodia way back in 1992 - 1993 with UNTAC.
They formed a strong friendship and it was a sad day when Gary had to leave Rada.
I had heard many great things about Rada and for awhile we received letters etc from him.

Then we lost contact for many, many years.

Rada also had lost our address after the floods at Kompong Speu many years ago.

It certainly was a happy day a few years ago when we found out he was working at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Even better, we could now contact him by email.

In 2005 we went to a reunion in Cambodia as some friends of ours were living and working there.

We did not know Rada would also be at the airport to pick us up.
It was fantastic, after a big welcome from our friends out jumps Rada from behind a tree.

What a reunion for Gary & Rada.

There was lots of hugging and tears as they had not seen one another for nearly 13 years!
So of course there were lunches, dinners and lots of catching up.

We had only booked to stay in Phnom Penh for 5 days as Gary was a bit unsure about going back.

That soon changed and we realized we needed to come back again and spend longer.
Once we were home again we booked to go back for a couple of weeks in 2006.

This was also a great time.

Rada invited us to his home at Kompong Speu for lunch and we met his mother, step father (who sadly has recently passed away) his beautiful wife (Gary was at their wedding in 1993) and their lovely son and daughter.

It was one of our best day's in Cambodia.

We had the most magnificent lunch, there was just so much food, the family had been preparing for our visit for days and it was so exciting to meet everyone.

That day we decided we would have to come back again! We have been back for the third time and there are more photos and info on the link below.

Lots more photos here

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