Siem Reap, Cambodia, via a carriage and meeting poverty upclose
- From: "Chim" <ChimS1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 21 Mar 2007 10:32:42 -0700
Part 4: Siem Reap, Cambodia, via a carriage and meeting poverty
March 21, 2007
Brandon McAllister traveled to Southeast Asia with his wife, Janie, at
of 2006. Brandon kept his family up to date on their travels via e-
is the fourth in a series of these correspondences.
Leaving the airport, we went into the parking lot and had a tuk tuk
us with a guy holding a sign saying, "Janie Stone & Party." It was
exciting. A tuk tuk is, in a sense, a small open-air carriage with a
is towed by a motorcycle. For $10, you can hire one for the whole day.
It was something I never quite felt comfortable with as these guys
outside and wait while we ate dinner, or if we hung out at our hotel
while, they would be there waiting outside the whole time.
Cambodia is beautiful. The people all are so warm and friendly.
poverty is so noticeable it's right in front of your face everywhere.
A defining moment was when we were walking through the old market in
Siem Reap and a 3-year-old girl ran up to us and tried to sell us some
postcards. We declined, saying no thank you or "te aw koon." She then
wanted some of Janie's bubble tea and then through a temper tantrum
like any 3-year-old would because she couldn't have it. The experience
made me feel pangs of guilt as many kids came up to us, and many land
mine victims approached us.
Never have I felt the haves and the have nots of this world so defined
in front of me.
Coming Thursday: Vietnamese floating village
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