Well, took a quick detour on the European travel to Cambodia! An offer to travel across Cambodia by bicycle with 12 friends was too good to pass up and definitely lived up to my expectations. The tour, mainly on back roads, consisted of approximately 60-80km a day with a Cambodian guide and two support vehicles, a great way to travel.
While the scenery and temples were magnificent, it was the people that really stood out for me. I can still hear the children shouting “Hello” and running out to wave to us. We always made a point to respond with a hearty Hello and a wave back as we were impressed by their enthusiasm to try out some English.
The adults were equally kind throughout the country. I was amazed how some of the people had so little yet they seemed so happy, really should be a lesson to all us in the commercialized western countries and our desire to reach happiness through purchases of material goods.
A blog post about the people of Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without a couple of shots of the Buddhist Monks that you would see throughout the country. The Monks wearing their orange robes always stood out in a mystical way and I would always stare and wonder about their lives. They were also very gracious and unassuming.
Great people in a great country. In the next blog post, I’ll focus more on the scenery and temples, again spectacular in this beautiful land. Stay tuned!