The sun is beginning to set on this final day in 2012. I’m onboard ship which is moored just offshore a Cambodian town named Wat Hanchey. It’s the last evening onboard. The Cambodian travel continues to Ankgor Wat based out a hotel in Siem Reap that’s just north of Tonle Sap Lake.
It’s been extremely difficult to find, and hold, internet connectivity, so I apologize for the lack of photos. I’ll create a page devoted specifically to photos once that is all sorted.
I’ve also found it pretty difficult, frankly, to throw some levity in the posts. Everywhere one turns, there are dark references to the rule of the murderous regime of .Pol Pot.
And yet, as I’ve referenced before, the people, especially the children, seem so happy and full of life and energy. They have every reason to be bitter and resentful.
Perhaps it’s their Buddhist faith, and the teachings that all things earthly are temporary. Perhaps they have found a way to leave those horrors behind. Perhaps it’s because, even though it’s still one of the world’s poorest countries, it’s economy has been growing strong with a 7% increase in its economy in 2011.
Perhaps people are smiling through their tears.
Of maybe it’s all of the above.
I don’t know what the answer is. Maybe there isn’t one. But I can tell you that, from my personal experience, they have always welcomed me without reservation. They have opened their lives to me, a stranger. In their markets. In their schools. In their places of worship. In their cities and in their villages.
These are a kind, gentle and strong people.
They deserve success.
They deserve peace.