S: VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA - Summer 2010
FC: VIETNAM | James Graham Brown Fellows Orientation Trip Summer 2010 | CAMBODIA | AND
1: Introduction - 1 | After flying through the night for thirteen hours over the Pacific Ocean, the Filipino sun was welcomed by an exhausted group of Brown Fellows. The Manila airport, our first stop in Asia, was a site of culture shock in itself. | "This adventure started on Sunday morning, August 1, 2010 at 6:00 a.m., bright and early. I had been restless the night before, worrying about the things I forgot and the things that could go wrong. And there were many things that could—and a few that did—go wrong. After seventeen hours in the air and three airplane flights, we arrived in the Philippines." | On April 30, 2010, I was invited to join the James Graham Brown Fellows at the University of Louisville. After being selected as an alternate after a grueling two-day interview process, this invitation served as a fantastic birthday present. Little did I know what would come of being a Brown Fellow, or where I would go with it. In the early summer I flew from Nashville to Louisville to attend the Brown Fellows orientation, the first time I met my class of beloved Brown Fellows. Then, three weeks before I began classes at the University of Louisville, I set out to the Cincinnati airport, where I embarked on my journey to Vietnam and Cambodia, the first of four unforgettable summers with the Brown Fellows Program. The following is a collection of some of the photographs and journal entries I recorded during my two-and-a-half week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. | PHILIPPINES
2: HANOI | Below, the impressive stone mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the communist president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and leader of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Against his specific wishes, the mausoleum features Ho Chi Minh's perfectly embalmed remains. | 2 - Hanoi, Vietnam | After leaving the Philippines, we touched down in Ho Chi Minh City, but continued on to Hanoi. The moment I stepped off the plane at the Hanoi airport, I knew that we had arrived in Vietnam; the heat, humidity, sights, sounds, and smells were so intensified it was blinding. My first views of Vietnam were from the nation's Highway One, showing a great contrast between the buffalo grazing in unbelievably green fields and the high rise complexes ascending from rice paddies. This juxtaposition was echoed throughout most of the Vietnam we saw: an ongoing battle between historic Vietnamese culture and the technological advancement of imposing westernization. | "When we left the airport, the heat hit me like a brick. It’s like Kentucky in August, but in this case right next to the equator. I still can’t open my eyes in the because the sun is so close, despite always being hidden by layers of cloud and smog."
3: Hanoi, Vietnam - 3 | "A few weeks ago, when I was telling people I was going to Vietnam, they would ask me why I was going there. To study? To vacation? At the time I didn’t know, but now I can tell it’s a little bit of each: as much fun as we are having here in Vietnam, we are learning. And you learn things quickly in Hanoi. You either learn or you die. From traffic to food, you either figure it out or you throw off the whole system. Every day is another lesson, another story, another detail you never knew was there before." | In counterclockwise order, (top-left) the grand entrance to the historic Hanoi Hoa Binh Hotel, (bottom-left) a typical cityscape of high-rise Vietnamese houses, (bottom-center) me on a cyclo before our tour, (bottom-right) the French-style Vietnamese opera house, (right-center) a popular green Daewoo taxi, and (top-right) a row of Brown Fellows getting ready for a cyclo tour of historic downtown Hanoi. | By the time we had finally gotten to our hotel in Hanoi, we were exhausted. After a short nap, we were taken to a restaurant that was a true diamond in the rough, and were immediately impressed by the kindness and courtesy of the Vietnamese. On our first full day in Vietnam, we went on a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter and French Quarter, and attended the famous Water Puppet Theatre—a celebration of a unique and ancient form of Vietnamese theatre.
4: Below, the beautiful golden Presidential Palace of Vietnam. Yellow is the official color of government buildings, from this palace to communist headquarters sprinkled throughout rural countryside. | HANOI | 4 - Historic Hanoi, Vietnam | HISTORIC | October 1, 2010 marked the 1000th anniversary of the city of Hanoi, and therefore we were fortunate enough to experience the city preparing for the celebration. The past thousand years were filled with rich history for the city, and we visited some of the city’s most important historic buildings. After visiting Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, we saw the Presidential Palace and the One Pillar Pagoda. Finally, we toured the ancient Temple of Literature, a Confucian university founded in 1607. Upon entering the Temple of Literature, we were asked to choose one of three doorways: morality, loyalty, or talent.
5: Historic Hanoi, Vietnam - 5 | Like all of Vietnam, historic Hanoi was filled with beautiful and interesting allusions to the country’s rich history and culture. For example, the Presidential Palace (and all other government buildings within the country) was painted yellow, the color of the Communist Party in Vietnam. The flag of Vietnam, solid red with a single yellow star symbolizes the benevolence, authority, and importance of the Communist Party in Vietnamese society. The One Pillar Pagoda was like nothing I had ever seen before: the usual Buddha statue surrounded by a copious amount of neon lights. | In clockwise order: (top-right) the beautiful entrance to Hanoi's historic Temple of Literature; (bottom-right) the ancient One Pillar Pagoda; (bottom-left) a pink flower expertly cared for within the Temple; (left-center) one of the pathways through the Temple of Literature, this one symbolizing loyalty; (right-center) the heart of the Temple of Literature, celebrating education, art, and music.
6: Below, the colorful skyline of Hanoi from the top of the Know One Teach One (KOTO) building. The river seen from this rooftop is one of the many that gives the city it name, literally meaning "within the river." | HANOI | 6 - Downtown Hanoi, Vietnam | "We quickly learned that there are no lines on the roads, no lines, road signs, or traffic laws that are necessarily followed. Everyone drives a motorbike, and they’re not too concerned with people, cars, bicycles, or tour buses in the way. Our tour guide, Yang, describes Vietnamese traffic as "flexible"—you just have to go with the flow. Being in traffic was quite terrifying, but after you get past the imminent death, you get to see legitimate Vietnamese daily life. When you look past the hustle and bustle of the roadway, you see people making a living in a million different ways." | DOWNTOWN
7: Downtown Hanoi, Vietnam - 7 | "We were bussed to the Know One Teach One (KOTO) training station, a refuge for street children of Hanoi. It specializes in teaching impoverished teens the hospitality trade. After a quick tour of the facilities, we broke off into two classes and played games with the kids. After talking with the kids individually, we went to cooking classes. Whereas I had though we would be the ones teaching, we were the ones being taught how to cook! From frying prawn (eyes and all) to wrapping spring rolls (and sometimes eating the rice paper), it was an experience. Too bad our end product left something to be desired! We had a great time at dinner trying to come up for nicknames for the Brown Fellows (although only 'Sterling' seemed to stick), and soon we were sleepy and very ready for the bus to pick us up and take us back to the hotel."
8: TAY PHUONG | Below, one of Vietnam's oldest and most magnificent pagodas, set atop a hill overlooking the rural Vietnamese city of Tay Phuong. This pagoda dates to the early seventeenth century. | 8 - Tay Phuong, Vietnam | "We drove away from Hanoi for about an hour, and then we began off-roading it. We drove to a sketchy part of rural Hanoi where rice paddies and huge government military operations pop up right next to each other. We passed a lot of poverty, luxury resorts, communist resorts, and we even broke down once. When we arrived in the city of Tay Phuong, we started by walking up 283 slippery steps to a hilltop pagoda. This pagoda, one of Vietnam’s finest, had the most beautiful woodcarvings of the Buddha in differing stages of life, 18 in all. After fumbling back down, we went on the most dangerous and exhilarating bike ride of my life, seeing the real rural areas of Vietnam. We saw children in trees, miniature cats and chickens, and the greenest green imaginable." | Right, some of my attempts to take artistic pictures in rural Vietnam. In clockwise order: (top-right) pink flowers from outside the Hung house, which dates to 1649; (bottom) three pictures of rural Vietnamese life; (center-left) young Tay Phuong children playing in a tree, a sight that is not uncommon in Vietnam; and (top-right) one of the few remnants from the Vietnam War, a hollowed-out shell turned into a city bell.
9: Tay Phuong, Vietnam - 9
10: SAPA | 10 - Sapa, Vietnam | Below, some of the unbelievable terraced rice paddies we sighted on our ride from the train station in Lao Cai to Sapa. | A JOURNEY INTO THE MOUNTAINS
11: Sapa, Vietnam - 11 | After only a couple days in Hanoi, it was time to set out and explore another region of Vietnam. We took the night train to the northern Vietnamese city of Lao Cai, on the border with China. From there, we were bussed several kilometers straight up into the mountains, seeing the famous “stairways to heaven,” amazing terraced rice fields that reached as far as the eye could see. It was still very early in the morning by the time we arrived at the secluded and beautiful city of Sapa. The city, perched high in the mountains and shrouded in fog proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of the entire trip. | In clockwise order: (top-left) the Brown Fellows group as we left the night train, at approximately 4:45 a.m.; (top-right) the famous Red Dao women in front of a Catholic church; (bottom-right) the impressive sights of the terraced rice fields on the ascension to Sapa; (bottom-left) and the Black Hmong children greeting our arrival, ready to do business.
12: 12 - Sapa, Vietnam | After breakfast and a quick break in our Sapa hotel, we set out to explore the town. We saw several different ethnic groups, and began a difficult climb up a mountain overlooking the city. After a stop for tea on the way back down, we climbed all the way to down to the bottom of the valley. Right, some of the impressive views of Sapa. From left to right: (top) the awesome sight of the Cat Cat waterfall at the bottom of the Sapa river valley, some of the Brown Fellows resting before another trek through the city, and one of the interesting examples of exotic flowers; (middle) the well-deserved view of Sapa from an overlooking mountain and a scary suspension bridge across the Sapa river valley; (bottom) the awe-inspiring panorama from the hotel's hallway. After waking up too late to attend mass at the local church, I sat and watched the clouds flow through the Sapa mountains. | Above, the 2010-2014 class of Brown Fellows atop a mountain overlooking the city of Sapa. University of Louisville Fellows: Kristen Connors, Cole Dabbs, Taylor Forns, Allison Hebert, Brittany Hubert, Cole Keller, Casey Malloy, Carmen Mitchell, Ryan Moran, and Johanna Yun. Centre College Fellows: Annie Corbitt, Michael Fryar, Maddie Hooper, Alex Hurley, Rachel Ison, Audrey Jenkins, Rahul Joseph, Stephen Metcalf, Catherine Parks, and William Williamson.
13: Sapa, Vietnam - 13
14: 14 - Sapa, Vietnam | Below, the imposing view of the Sapa river valley we trekked down our way to spend the night at an authentic Vietnamese longhouse. | "After three hours of hiking up and down, forward and backward, and through rice paddies and bamboo forests, we finally arrived at the longhouse of the local Hmong people. For three hours we hiked and sweated, but it was a beautiful trek and we made it, eventually. By the time we had arrived at the longhouse, we were all tired and hungry. The food wasn’t ready yet, so they told us we could walk down to the river in the valley. Of all the memories I have of Vietnam, those at the river are some of my favorites. It was quite difficult safely anchoring myself on rocks with sandals several sizes too small and my precious memory card and camera in my pocket. But I made it, and managed to take some awesome pictures. The best part was just putting my feet in the water, feeling the rush of the river and being a part of it all. Words weren’t needed. I think we all just enjoyed the setting sun over our bubbling brook in the middle of Vietnam. After about an hour, we walked back to the longhouse, all ready for dinner. It was well worth the wait. After a quick cleanup in the communal washroom, we were ready for bed. We weren’t in the city anymore, so we had to sleep under mosquito nets (and unfortunately mine had several large holes). We all went to sleep quickly after a challenging day."
15: Sapa, Vietnam - 15
16: HA LONG BAY | 16 - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam | This photo, taken high above from a cave, shows part of the wonder of Ha Long Bay. Throughout the bay, there are thousands of these unique island formations seen below. | "After another ride on the night train, we went back to Hanoi, repacked our overnight bags, and then drove to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. On the way there, we stopped by a unique little shopping center that sold crafts made by disabled Vietnamese. I passed out on the bus, and when I finally woke up we were near the bay. We got to the dock and disembarked. We took a pontoon to our junk situated in the middle of the bay. We were greeted by a lively (and quite wooden) dining room, and a very fresh seafood lunch. Thus began a seafood adventure. "
17: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam - 17 | Above, some of the pictures from the relaxing Ha Long Bay. In clockwise order: (top) authentic Vietnamese "junks" anchored next to one of the bay's islands that has made the sight a UNESCO World Heritage Sight; (bottom-right) an assortment of Ha Long Bay's seafood offerings, including clam, squid, octopus, shrimp, prawn, and crab; (bottom-left) a boat much like our own junk. | "Never before had I eaten squid, but it turned out to be quite good. Just one of the many things I never would have tried in America, but learned to love in Vietnam. After lunch, we viewed some of the chambers of the bay’s cave system. After dinner, we took a pontoon ride to another one of the rock formations, this one with a beach and a pagoda. We chose to play in the bay rather than hike up the 700 steps, and we had a great time playing volleyball. After dinner, we went out on the deck to look at the stars, which are apparently the same stars we see at home (but I couldn’t find any constellations I recognized). The next day, we woke up a 6 a.m. to go swimming around the boat. It was raining a little bit, but the water was warm and swimming wakes you up surprisingly quickly. Oh, and there were jellyfish. After breakfast, we were given the opportunity to kayak, and Bill and I made a champion team. We got back on the boat, packed our things, and took a pontoon boat back to the shore. We were all sad to say goodbye to the beautiful Ha Long Bay and its thousands of majestic floating mountains. As Clarence Wyatt put it, Ha Long Bay served as the perfect little vacation within the trip; after about a week in Vietnam and halfway through our time there, we were ready for a short break."
18: HUE | 18 - Hue, Vietnam | This archway, one of the most beautiful and best preserved in the royal city, shows the beauty and legacy of the Vietnamese monarchy in the ancient city of Hue. | "After a short flight, we arrived in the ancient city of Hue. We entered our hotel rooms to find flower petals 'Warmly Welcoming' us to the lovely Asia Hotel. The bathroom sink was full of flower petals too, but best of all, there was a remote-controlled air conditioner. We were busy that night reorganizing our bags and planning the laundry we needed to have done, but we fell asleep soon afterward. | To be honest, the next day was not too exciting. We woke up at a decent time and ate an American breakfast in the seventh floor panoramic restaurant that overlooks the small but proud city of Hue. It was relatively uneventful morning—except for when I embarrassingly dropped a passion fruit and some tongs. After breakfast, we took another cyclo tour, but this one was surprisingly less exciting without the imminent death we experience in downtown Hanoi.
19: Hue Vietnam - 19 | In the city of Hue we were introduced to a great deal of historic Vietnam; the ancient city was home to the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 until 1945. Although the king abdicated and effectively ended the tradition of Vietnamese monarchy, the city of Hue and its Imperial Citadel provide a look into the life of ancient Vietnam. Americans destroyed a good portion of the Citadel during the Vietnam War when the opposing Viet Cong took the Citadel as a base, but much of what was destroyed is being reconstructed. Some artifacts are completely unique to Hue, such as an ancient craft of glass etching and painting that has been lost to time. | From left to right: (top) the Noon gate and entrance to the Imperial Citadel, and lotus blossom. The lotus is held sacred by the Vietnamese for its beauty and symbolism. The Buddha is often pictured sitting on a lotus blossom; the lotus, whose roots are in muddy water, rises above to bring beauty to the world. (Bottom) one sample of the ancient city's reconstruction efforts, a famous seven-tiered pagoda, and the tomb of Tu Doc, the longest reigning of the Nguyen emporers.
20: HOI AN | 20 - Hoi An, Vietnam | "We left Hue and travelled to the city of Hoi An, rumored for its great shopping. We boarded the tour bus and drove along the Annamite Cordillera; the view from the road was gorgeous, but the road itself was deadly. At one point, the tour bus couldn’t make one of the hairpin turns, and had to back up and try a couple times to make the bend. And there were no guardrails—just a long, painful descent into the ocean. We listened to Creedence Clearwater Revival the entire way along the mountains, and had a great time before arriving in Hoi An." | From Hue we drove to the city of Hoi An along the Annamite Cordillera, a chain of mountains on Vietnam’s extreme east that drop directly into the South China Sea. Halfway through our journey, we stopped in Da Nang where we ate at a delightful restaurant by the ocean before reaching the lovely Hoi An. | Above, our stunning hotel in the tourist destination of Hoi An. Known for its shopping and beaches, the city of Hoi An proved to be a relaxing (and only slightly treacherous) getaway with a gorgeous pool, bountiful breakfast, and numerous water buffalo.
21: Hoi An, Vietnam - 21 | In clockwise order: (top-right) a photogenic family and on a motor scooter; (bottom-right) the paradise resort on the Hoi An beach; (bottom-left) a boat on the main river that flows through the city; and (top-left), one of the Hoi An's historic artifacts. This bridge, and many of the buildings in the city, uniquely show the combination of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese influences. | "I got up early the next morning to go swimming and then we ate, changed, and got ready for a bike ride through the city. It proved to be quite hot, but it was a nice view of some rural areas of Vietnam by the sea. The Hoi An Beach Resort, a tropical paradise on the ocean, was the halfway mark, and on the way back, Taylor’s bike gave him a ride for his money! We then took a boat ride to a charming restaurant in the middle of nowhere, and then crammed into two very small vans for the ride back to the hotel." | While in Hoi An, we took an walking tour of the Phuc Kien congressional assembly hall, the Japanese Cover Bridge, and the Tan Ky ancient house. We ended up spending two fun-filled days of shopping, swimming, biking, and eating in Hoi An before returning to Da Nang for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The airport we flew out of was the same airport the American forces flew in the Agent Orange defoliant during the Vietnam War. The city has since boomed into a transportation hub, with little to no evidence of it's tragic history.
22: HO CHI MINH CITY | 22 - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City turned out to be the most Americanized city on our journey, complete with a Notre Dame-inspired cathedral and Hard Rock Café.
23: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 23 | Ho Chi Minh City was our final stop in Vietnam before continuing on to Cambodia. Before the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh City was Saigon, but the name was changed to honor the communist leader and to convince the southern Vietnamese of the authority of the new ruling party. Since then, a segment of the city has been named Saigon once again. Although our time in Ho Chi Minh City was short, it was a very profound experience. Ho Chi Minh was by far the most westernized city we had traveled to in Vietnam, and its citizens actually followed roadway laws and stopped at stoplights. The city was very similar to any city in America, and was dramatically more technologized than Hanoi, Vietnam’s political and cultural capital. The city was a bustling commerce center, with models, weddings, and tourists galore. While in Ho Chi Minh City we experienced a humongous bazaar, complete with an astounding number of different and overpowering sights and smells. That night we were treated to an American dinner at the Ho Chi Minh Hard Rock Café, one of my favorite times in Vietnam. | Below, some of the many sights from the exciting Ho Chi Minh City. In clockwise order: (top-right) a Vietnamese model posing in cowboy boots, with one of the several wedding parties we experienced in the downtown in the background; (bottom-right) a Notre Dame-inspired Catholic church I attended, complete with neon lights and a short power outage halfway through mass; and (bottom-left) my impressively sunburnt face in front of the Ho Chi Minh Hard Rock Café sign. Some of my favorite times in Vietnam came from our time at that night, with all twenty of the Brown Fellows singing American songs with a Filipino band in front of a high-class Vietnamese audience.
24: SIEM REAP | 24 - Siem Reap, Cambodia | CAMBODIA | An eye-opening look into life in a floating Cambodian village.
25: Siem Reap, Cambodia - 25 | The last leg of our trip was to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a country on Vietnam’s western border. Cambodia is a poor country, with over fifty percent of its fifteen million residents farmers. Cambodia has had a long and tumultuous history, but in recent years has become a tourist destination because of its beautiful and ancient religious complexes. Although things are getting better, Cambodia has a far way to go before reaching the quality of living of neighboring Vietnam. When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Cambodia was faced with a serious famine. Taking advantage of the tragic situation and power vacuum, the Khmer Rouge seized power of Phnom Penh, the country’s capital. Led by Pol Pot, the government attempted to regress the country back into the agricultural-based society of the eleventh century. Approximately a third of the country’s eight million citizens died from executions, genocide, overwork, starvation and disease. Aided by Thailand, the United States, and the United Kingdom, the Khmer Rouge remained in power for the next decade, but pressure by the United Nations and Cambodian leftists led to transition. In 1993, Cambodia became the first post communist country to restore monarchy as a form of government. From the moment we landed in Cambodia, we could tell things were different than they were in Vietnam. Cambodia was hotter, poorer, and dirtier than Vietnam. After Vietnam, I thought I had seen it all—but really, I was just getting started. After leaving the tiny and homey Cambodian international airport and depositing our things in our nice hotel, we drove through the quiet town of Siem Reap. We visited one of the countless Cambodian Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge and the famous pagoda of Wat Thmey. The pagoda, filled with hundreds of sculls of murdered political prisoners, serves as a monument to their memory. We then continued on to the floating village of Ton Le Sap, an insight into the traditional riparian way of life.
26: ANGKOR THOM | 26 - Angkor Thom, Cambodia | After riding around the Phnom Penh temple on top of a gigantic Asian elephant, Taylor Forns and I were happy to smile for a photo.
27: Angkor Thom, Cambodia - 27 | Some of the breathtaking views from Angkor Thom, outside of Siem Reap. In clockwise order: (top-left) a grand Cambodian doorway, still standing after nine hundred years; (top-right) one of the two hundred smiling faces of Avalokiteshvara, a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas; (bottom-right) Asian elephants very obviously excited to Brown Fellows to ride them; and (bottom-left) just one of the stunning bas-relief sculptures of the temples. | Our last day of the trip turned out to be an adventure in itself. We took tuk tuks (motorized scooter taxis) to the Angkor Thom complex, and ancient temple that was built some nine hundred years ago. The Bayon, Baphoun, Elephant Terraces, and Royal Palace are some of the many sites that still remain beautifully intact even after hundres of years. We were lucky enough to view the temple and its amazing carvings from an elephant—an experience I will surely not soon forget. Protected by their location deep in the Cambodian jungle, the temple complexes were protected from military conflicts, and were lost for hundreds of years until being rediscovered during French occupation. Since then, many of the temples have undergone restoration efforts, supported by tourism and international funding.
28: ANGKOR WAT | 28 - Angkor Wat, Cambodia | Below, the awe-inspiring view of the Angkor Wat temple complex, officially the world’s largest religious site. Taken from afar in order to get the four main spires in the photo, the photos on the right page show the lake reflecting the immensity of such an ancient wonder.
29: Angkor Wat, Cambodia - 29 | The Angkor Wat religious complex is officially the world’s largest religious building, and has been since its construction in the early twelfth century. Constructed in the high classical style of Khmer architecture, it stands as the most wonderful remains of the Khmer civilization. Built by Suryavarman II, the temple was first dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, but starting in the late thirteenth century, the Angkor Wat complex transitioned from Hinduism to Theravada Buddhism, and continues to act as a Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat, literally meaning “City Temple,” has been a religious center for nine hundred years. The temple was mostly complete by 1150 A.D. when King Suryavarman II died, but thirty years later the temple was sacked. When the throne was reestablished under a new king, the capital was relocated to Angkor Thom (as seen on previous pages). Despite this, the temple has remained a symbol of Cambodia, and is notably featured on the country’s flag. In 1992, the temple and many of the surrounding remains became part of the Angkor World Heritage Site. The entire complex is surrounded by a large moat and has therefore not been claimed by the encroaching jungle. Although erosion has affected some of the temple’s bas-relief sculptures, the temple remains a beautiful and remarkable testament to the Khmer civilization. The influx of tourism has reportedly caused relatively little damage, and some ticket revenue is spent on restoration. Right, a few pictures from Angkor Wat that don't quite do justice for such a truly astonishing world site. In clockwise order: (top) me posing for a picture with the Campbell County Recorder; (center-right) a picture of the third and highest tier of the central tower, reopened in early 2010, and supposedly as close to heaven as you can get on Earth; and (bottom) the breathtaking full-length view of Angkor Wat, undergoing restoration efforts.
30: 30 - Ta Phrom, Cambodia | TA PHROM
31: Ta Phrom, Cambodia - 31 | Left, the site of filming for a famous part of the first Tomb Raider movie, the parasitic trees of the Ta Phrom temple create a dramatic and unique image. Right, some more views of remains of the Ta Phrom temple. In the bottom-left photograph, I am standing in front of the doorway Laura Croft (played by Angelina Jolie) uses to enter a secret Buddhist temple. | After a surprising and very refreshing ice cream break, we continued on to one final temple complex: Ta Phrom. Although much more degraded and not as politically or religiously significant, the site has been made famous in recent times for its iconic parasitic trees. These remains, less visited and less restored, were a little more dangerous and much more mysterious. From Ta Phrom we returned to our hotel in Siem Reap, and we had a couple of hours to explore the local bizarre and to buy some last-minute souvenirs. The last night was very sad knowing that the twenty of us Brown Fellows would be separating and going to two campuses. Despite this, we knew we had four more unimaginable years to come as Brown Fellows together—and for that, we were most thankful. This was but the first of many adventures we were so blessed to go on.
32: BROWN FELLOWS SUMMER PROJECTS 2011 Kristen Connors: I leave May 30, 2011 for 2 months in Santiago, Dominican Republic. I will be taking Spanish classes at the university. After the courses end, I will be volunteering in a public hospital. Cole Dabbs: I will be taking part in a month-long medical internship in Sri Lanka. Taylor Forns and I will live with a host family and do whatever is required by the hospitals. We will be leaving on May 3rd! Taylor Forns: I will be traveling to Kalutara, Sri Lanka, along with Cole Dabbs, to do a medical internship at a hospital there. We leave May 3, promptly 5 hours after my last final, and return on June 2. Allison Herbert: I am going to Prague to take two classes at the University of Economics. One is about international trade and the other is Changing Economies of Post-socialist countries. Brittany Hubert: I'll be going to France for about 7 weeks to do research with a professor at the Universite du Paris-Sud in Orsay. I will be working in a lab with Professor Tatiana Giraud doing research on the Microbotrym Violaem, a virus that infects the anthers of plants in the carnation family. We will be looking at how this affects the plant on an ecological and molecular level. | Cole Keller: I will be traveling to Berlin with the KIIS program. While there, I will be taking a German language course and possibly a course focused on the history of Berlin. I will be going with Alex Hurley, and I hope to go to Rome and Paris. Casey Malloy: I am going to study abroad for a month in Spain with International Studies Abroad. I will be in Madrid for all of June, and I may stay over for a few days after my program is complete. Carmen Mitchell: I am going to the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Diego from May 12 to 14. I'll mostly be in Louisville all summer, both continuing research and working with a psychology professor on a community project called 'Promise Neighborhood 40212: Supporting Healthy Growth and Development of Children', which focuses on supporting the connections of early childcare providers in Louisville. Ryan Moran: Over this summer I will be traveling to Bangalore, India for two months to study international marketing and international political economy. While in Bangalore, I hope to visit PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world's second-largest accounting firm), volunteer in rural India, gain a very basic understanding of Hindi, and learn a little yoga! Johanna Yun: My plans are to travel to Wales through the UK-US Fulbright summer study (if accepted) and to tour through China and North Korea through the Pyongyang Project Delegation trip. I may also attend a medical conference in Seoul, South Korea. | 32 - Brown Fellows
33: Brown Fellows - 33 | Below, the ten University of Louisville Class of 2014 Brown Fellows in front of the Speed Art Museum before the second-annual Brown Fellows Program Trustee Dinner. Back row, from top: Taylor Forns, Ryan Moran, Cole Keller, Cole Dabbs, and Casey Malloy. Front row, from top: Brittany Hubert, Kristen Conners, Allison Hebert, Carmen Mitchell, and Johanna Yun.