Discovering that voluntourism is a problem, not a solution
Things I Learnt in Cambodia
Even if you are a long-term resident, you will never be treated like a local. It will always be ‘Barang (foreign) price for you’.
Always have your laptop charging. When the electricity cuts out, you will want a fully charged laptop as you never know when that bitch is coming back on.
Geckos make an unpleasant noise and can fall from the ceiling and into your mouth.
Buddhists have a party for old people. It is a ‘before you die’ party, complete with loud music. Loud enough it might just kill the old people.
The temples in Siem Reap are the most magnificent in the world. No arguments, please.
Kids are way cuter in Cambodia than in any other country in the world.
People worry about what they will eat today, not how education will help them get a better life tomorrow.
At night time, it is best to carry stuff in your pockets only, to avoid getting mugged on your bicycle.
If you go to Sunday School at church, you get free snacks.
Although gambling is illegal in Siem Reap, the police will openly gamble at the police commune. They will also ride a moto in their uniform whilst drinking beer.
50 market stalls will sell the same item because they think if one person is selling it, it must be a winner.
Dogs will not move for you when you are riding your bike towards them on a road. However, if a moto is riding next to you and is intent on running the dog over, the dog will move at the last moment and result in you running it over.
People will say they are happy even if they are not.
It is bad luck to have three people in a photo.
Everyone gets a year older at Khmer New Year. Birthday’s aren’t really celebrated.
If there is a sad or awkward situation, people will just laugh as they don’t know any other way to react.
You will get called fat every day. But at the same time, you will always be called ‘pretty girl’ even if it looks like you have a mullet that day.