Academic journal article International Forum of Teaching and Studies

Cambodia: A Gentle Land of Kindness

Academic journal article International Forum of Teaching and Studies

Cambodia: A Gentle Land of Kindness

Article excerpt

Are we ever getting off this bus?" my companion whined.

At this point, we were on hour 12 of what was supposed to be a "quick six-hour" jaunt to Cambodia.

"Yes, of course, There will be air conditioning and a clean bathroom," I responded, reiterating what people assured us when we bought our tickets in Ho Chi Minh City the night before. We failed to realize that "air conditioning" translated to open windows, and "clean bathrooms" meant we'd perhaps see them one day.

Of course, I, the experienced traveler, suggested this mode of transportation. "It will be great!" I promised my companions. "We'll see the countryside and save some money."

When the bus driver put on "Titanic" around hour 5,1 thought to myself, "Oh no, we don't have enough time to watch the whole thing!"

When the credits rolled, even I found myself asking, "Was this really worth the $20 we saved?"

Then we got a flat tire.

Everyone exited the bus. We encountered a family of five or six living in a shack. Each one greeted the passengers, offering a sympathetic smile. As the men helped fix the tire, we waited and watched the children chase chickens and scream with laughter.

Eventually, we got back on to the bus. I sat down next to the young woman with whom I shared a row. …

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