19 January 2010

Asia Trip II: Culture Shock in Cambodia

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JANUARY 1, 2010: We arrived in Bangkok just before midnight and were astounded to find that it was 81 degrees Farenheit with lots of humidty. It felt like we had walked in on the middle of a DC summer. We spent the night at the airport hotel to catch our flight to Siem Reap early the next morning.

JANUARY 2, 2010: The weather in when we landed in Siem Reap was so much more pleasant than Bangkok. Much cooler and very little humidity. The first thing we did when we got to our our hotel in Siem Reap was to take a tuk-tuk ride out to the river to see the community that lives along the shores. Most of those who live on these boats are Vietnamese rather than Cambodian.

It was fascinating to see how folks live. And disheartening to see the poverty and evironmental degradation.

We saw another mother/child on a bike where the child was much younger than this one and she was only being held on the bike by the mother with one hand behind her back as she used the other to hold the handle bars.

This woman ran a floating restaurant/grocery store.

Drinking water plant funded in part by the United States.

1 comment:

  1. In reference to that one photo of the child on the bike... I suppose they learn at a very young age that they need to hang on for dear life.


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