In this installment of the Wenzel Pages, we take a look at a collection of photographs showing snapshots of life in Cambodia. By no means exhaustive, they merely offer a glimpse into the heart of a country.
Cows ... everywhere.
Cows appear everywhere in the provinces of Cambodia, sometimes in inconvenient places. This photo shows two cows in the middle of a dirt road in Reang Dek village. (Also note the village ice cream man down the road.)
Gathering the children.
Here, a group of children from Tungkea village gather around for some games and lessons. Rural children in Cambodia usually lack basic education as they are often pulled out of school to help work at home.
Collecting water in Kampong Thom.
Life is simpler in the provinces. With no running water or electricity, rural Cambodians must spend a great deal of time and effort on everyday tasks.
Typical village entrance.
Traveling in Cambodia usually involves taking one of the national highways (paved ... with many potholes) and then dirt roads into the village of choice. Villages are often marked with gates as shown above.
Trying to make ends meet at a roadside corn stand.
Small food stands pop up along most main roads as you travel in the provinces. As you pass through different areas, you will find an assortment of snacks and foods to satisfy your traveling hunger.
Fried tarantula snacks.
One particular town on the way to Kampong Thom is known for its spiders. This photo shows a girl selling fried tarantulas. I tried a leg, and that was about all I could handle. It was kind of like eating a pretzel ... well, a hairy pretzel anyway.
The marketplaces of Cambodia are always lively places where you can find pretty much anything you need. Here, at an outdoor section of Olympic market, many people come to buy and sell various food items. This place has some great snacks, including my two favorite ... fried bananas and Cambodian waffle cakes.
Taxi to Kampong Thom.
(Yes, there is someone else on the other side of the driver.)
Question: How many Cambodians can you fit into a taxi?
Answer: One more. It's always one more.
It really is incredible the level of discomfort that the average Cambodian can endure for extended periods of time. And nothing has demonstrated this more than the 3 hour taxi rides to Kampong Thom. Bucket seats ... manuel transmission ... we can still fit four people up front. Scorching sun ... soaring temperatures ... who needs airconditioning. This is NOT a country of whiners.
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