Cambodia, I Love You

My trip this summer was about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and traveling to a place that is completely new. Thailand, didn’t quite hit the spot for me, but Cambodia sure did.
I choose Cambodia because I really wanted to go to Angkor Watt, one of the largest and oldest religious structures in the world. The moment I stepped outside and took the Tuk Tuk to our Guesthouse, I was in love with Cambodia.

Some things to love and think about in Cambodia:

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  • Cambodian life is so simple. Life is simple. Little kids running around barefoot playing in the mud. It makes you content with life at that moment.
  • Cambodia is poor. That’s a weird reason to love a place, but it makes you appreciate the simple things in life. They don’t need Tv’s and iphones to have fun, they just need each other.
  • Angkor Watt is beautiful. I suggest getting a tour guide because it will make it so much better. Pay the money for it :] and just spend like 3 days at the most there. img_0007img_9840img_0071img_9872
  • Be careful of the food you eat. Just make sure everything you eat is cooked. But also remember that your stomach will never be normal in South East Asia. Its hard acclimate yourself to it.
  • They are interested in the wellbeing of their country. It’s dangerous to talk about politics in other countries, but you can always listen. So many people asked about American politics and talked to us about Cambodian politics. It was really interesting.
  • There are two beautiful religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) in this politically stricken country, but they come together peacefully. Now where else in the world does that ever happen?img_0142
  • Its poor, and everyone wants your money because they are living with nothing. The feeling of rejecting them compared to rejecting someone in Thailand is very different. In Cambodia its just sad, but it made me care and love the country more.
  • School is a privilege that they don’t take for granted. Our 23 year old tour guide was so excited to finally go to high school in the city. We partied with him and we drank beer, ate snake, and crocodile with us! It was a lot of fun!

Cambodia is very different, so if you like adventures, go! I’m sure the capital is very different from the town of Angkor, but Angkor is definitely worth seeing!

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At Last,

Brielle

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Back In Time: Curious About the Little Things in Korea?

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Food:

80% of the time it is spicy. But i’ve come to like it! I originally could not stand spicy food. Now I can deal with it. You always have rice with your meal and it helps with the spiciness. Unfortunately, I’ve found that Koreans like to drink their beverages after their meal for some reason. Also when they eat meat, they don’t eat a lot of it, but rather you have a main dish (sometimes meat) and a bunch of side dishes such as: tofu, bean sprouts , anchovies, kimchi, soup,and sliced cucumbers just to name a few. Some places give you sooo much it won’t even fit on the table!

Learning Korean:

Is a really difficult because now I am not in actual classes. Its hard to self study and discipline myself. It’s hard to sit there and just remember words and grammar all day. It’s a lot of fun to use new words, and find yourself understanding new words in their context though! Its rewarding. ❤

People in Korea:

They are really nice! Of course, I can’t say everyone is nice here, but for the most part. I haven’t had any horrible experiences! In Seoul,people would give up seats for the elders and they would ask if I needed help with directions occasionally.

Family:

The Dads work all the time and go out and drink at least 3 times a week. Drinking is a huge part of culture here.The Moms stay home all day and make breakfast for the kids and husband. Then wait all day for them to come home. Then make dinner. The kids just go to school all day. High schoolers have self study after school then private tutors and elementary and middle school students have cram school.

I love this place though. Im learning something new everyday!

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At Last,

Brielle