My trip to Vietnam and Cambodia has been a real eye opener.
I realise now that I’ve lead a pretty sheltered life.
I’ve been abroad many times – but usually to places like Italy, France, Austria, Norway and Singapore. Generally affluent societies. Not without social problems… but generally not places that you see widespread poverty.
In Cambodia I was up close and very personal with people that had practically nothing in terms of possessions.
I visited a small fishing village on Tonle Sap Lake where about 1,000 families lived in wooden ‘houses’ on stilts (because in the rainy season the water rises by upto 30ft).
I use the word ‘house’ very loosely (having been inside one).
Families of upto 7 people live in cramped and dirty conditions.
I felt really embarrassed when I visited – I must have looked like an alien from another planet. I felt like a visitor from Britains Colonial past (not a good thing in case you were wondering).
The visit has had a huge impact on me and I shall write more about it when I return home.
Oh … yes, “I’m so lucky” – lucky that I can go home to my comfortable 3 bedroom property in England where I have food on the table, clean clothes in a wardrobe and a bathroom with a shower and toilet. The things I generally took for granted.
My Trip to Cambodia – life changing.
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